There are lots of factors that are important in our lives, such as our IQ, Emotional Intelligence, time management, financial wisdom, etc. Sometimes the stuff that’s not so measurable or obvious doesn’t get the same attention as the stuff I just listed. I would propose that being steady is one of those less sexy or noticeable factors but massively important nonetheless.
I say this because of what steady can accomplish:
less cavities with steady brushing and flossing
better weight control with steady exercise
deeper intimacy with steady presence
more awareness of God with steady / daily quiet times
better cooking skills with steady practice
As I write this and think about the value of being steady, it makes me wonder how many things in my life would be improved if I were more steadfast in my attention and energies in various areas. Our daily routines / habits can predict our future 🙂
Do you have mindless habits? All of us have things that we do without giving much thought to them, such as brushing our teeth, driving home, morning routines, etc. It can be really helpful to have these kind of routines, but sometimes they’re counterproductive.
For example, in Luke 10, Martha & Mary had Jesus come to their house for dinner. Based on Martha’s behavior in other stories in the Gospels, it seems like she fell into the routine of cooking, serving & being busy with getting stuff done. All of these things aren’t inherently wicked, but if we allow our routines to sabotage our fellowship with Jesus, then they become more of a hindrance than a help.
Let’s always remember that Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 to seek His kingdom first & we’ll have what we need! Let’s be sure our routines reinforce our intimacy with Jesus rather than distract us in mindless disconnect 🙂