I’m a big fan of routines and daily habits because I’m entirely convinced that success can often be the result of daily habits added together over extended time. I know this to be true from my dentist telling me to floss everyday, from making it a habit to write everyday and lots more!
At the same time, a routine can become mindless and mechanical muscle memory because of familiarity and practice. This is the monotony quagmire where we get caught in the habit without getting our desired results.
The defining difference between mechanical muscle memory (monotony) and culminated success is attention and presence. Just because we do something repetitiously doesn’t mean that we’re going to be successful with that activity. I would suggest that we endeavor to be wholly present and attentive with our daily habits so they can have maximum impact and success. To this end, let’s be careful to cultivate both intentional presence as well as daily habits!
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 🙂