Routines kill creativity, they say. I think it is busyness that kills creativity, not routines. In fact, routines can protect creativity. And spirituality as well. Both creativity and spirituality need time and nurturing. That’s why we need to give them just that. Hence we need routines. We need spiritual disciplines to help us to grow.
On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness [keeping yourself spiritually fit]. (1 Tim. 4:7, AMP,*)
We need spiritual routines…
The Bible tells us to discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness. We need to keep ourselves spiritually fit. The benefits are many. When we are spiritually fit, we are ready to face the world. And when we live close to God, we are growing in grace. Also, when we faithfully practice spiritual disciplines, we are slowly becoming – by God’s grace – more Christ-like. So we don’t really have any valid excuses to not to practice spiritual disciplines. Especially, when we even receive power to do so if we ask.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
(Ps. 34:8, NIV)
…to keep us focused on God
Stick to reading the Word of God. When you keep your Bible close by, you can be certain you’re not drifting away from God because he speaks through it. Then pray like your life depended on it. Pray when you open your eyes in the morning and after closing them in the evening. Pray when you walk, when you wait, pray when you don’t know what to do. But don’t underestimate the power of private worship either. Carving some special one on one time with God blesses us more than we know.
Spiritual disciplines won’t save us but they keep us focused on God. And that’s the beginning of wisdom right there. Mark Buchanan has said ‘Holy habits are that: the disciplines, the routines by which we stay alive and focused on Him. At first we choose them and carry them out; after a while they are part of who we are. And they carry us.’ This is what it is all about: God’s grace sustaining us as we seek him.
Draw us near to you,
bless us as we seek you.
Enable us to build spiritual routines that protect us and
help us to establish holy habits that help us to grow closer to you.
Thank you for sustaining us with your amazing grace.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What kind of spiritual routines do you have?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].