Take a minute and think about your daily routine – things you do pretty much the same, day in and day out. Isn’t it a challenge at times to see these regular ‘duties’ of life as exciting? For instance, every morning I let Daisy the dog out and then give her food and water. EVERY morning…that is the routine. She hears me get up and then she dashes for the back door gleefully anticipating the opportunity to relieve herself (and roll around in the freshly dewed grass…giving her that wonderfully pungent wet dog aroma). It’s not very exciting…it’s not very rewarding…but it is VERY important for the Miller family that this event happens regularly!
All of us have a routine we pretty much stick to from day to day, right? Here comes the challenge – I must refuse to curse the seemingly mundaneness of my routine. I heard it put this way – MASTER THE MUNDANE (idea taken from a talk by Pastor Jeff Manion, Ada Bible Church). Embrace the ordinary. Embrace the routine. There is nothing wrong with shaking up the routine from time to time, but don’t discredit what God will do in you and through you as you keep the routine going…day in and day out. I know your dream is bigger than your daily routine, but don’t curse what God is doing in you and through you as you stay faithful in the seemingly small things. God is using your routine.
And remember this, you are in good company. Samuel did the same thing, year after year:
1 Samuel 7:15-17 15 Samuel continued as Israel’s judge for the rest of his life. 16 Each year he traveled around, setting up his court first at Bethel, then at Gilgal, and then at Mizpah. He judged the people of Israel at each of these places. 17 Then he would return to his home at Ramah, and he would hear cases there, too. And Samuel built an altar to the Lord at Ramah.