Here’s a cool thing, former procrastinators. The root word of “routine” is “route” or “road.” So helpful! Knowing this, I think of the word in a friendly, profitable way.
This is significant because a road leads somewhere, even if it dead ends in the woods as I once did exploring. Where do you want to go? What are you trying to reach? That determines the road you take.
We want to reach Accomplished Priorities. That’s the destination. What road do we take to get there?
Routine is the road to accomplished priorities.
We often choose roads to Preferences or to Expectations. We spend valuable time and energy moving in directions that will not get us to Accomplished Priorities. We linger in other places, not directing ourselves onto the road we need. Once we get on that road, we must avoid diverting to some exit or wandering into the bushes. Being on the right road eliminates reasons to delay.
What’s the connection between the glory of God and routine?
From God we learn our priorities – the most important things we should be doing. Since they’re important to God, we form deliberate routines to take the most direct route or the most effective one to accomplish them.
Some priorities and routines are for running the house, schooling, work assignments, maintaining relationships. Some are dreams He’s laid on our hearts.
God values faithfulness in small things (Luke 16:10). We dishonor Him and handicap ourselves when we think we must make great leaps to glorify Him. A steady routine of small steps forms a healthy habit and yields eternal results.
We don’t worship priorities or routines. We worship the Lord and use priorities and routines as tools to aid us in living to His glory. We flex when necessary but stay on the road to Accomplished Priorities.
Which of your priorities requires a routine you will establish this week?