Happy New Year! The most wonderful time of the year continues for me! It is the time for new
calendars, new file folders, new excel spread sheets, and new planner inserts. Oh how I love getting all organized and set up for a new year! It’s also fun to pack up the bulky old file folders and throw out the used planner pages and old calendars.
That’s the strange thing about routines, isn’t it? What can feel like the same ole same ole can really be quite comforting too. As Ashley left on Tuesday, I looked around at all the leftover Christmas chaos and had had enough. So to dull the ache in my heart of her departure, I began the ritual of taking down Christmas and putting everything back in its place.
Even today, returning this morning to my desk and my regular routine felt good. I even miss school the tiniest of bits. Structure and routine can help us to keep moving forward. Once Jesus was born on Christmas, he didn’t magically become an adult. He grew. He had routines, structure, education and a trade to learn. His life was dedicated to faithfulness. It wasn’t only part of His routine, it was His purpose.
Is church part of your routine? Is bible study part of your structure? Is reading the bible everyday part of the “to do” lists that you have? I hope and pray that it is. Christmas is awesome and it is fun to break from the usual to celebrate the miracle of God’s unconditional love for us. Yet the routine, the habits if you will, are where we truly grow our faith. We are tested by the daily rituals we encounter. We are tested by the people who we interact with. All opportunities to grow spiritually.
As the New Year is upon us, I pray you will include Jesus in your routine. Each and every day. I pray you will heed the words of Joshua when he said, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (Joshua 1:8) Remember the message of Christmas…that God uses the faithful. That is the only requirement. May you have a Happy New Year.