Beware the Staleness of Routine

I write this at the Boise, Idaho airport at 5:30 a.m., waiting for my flight to leave for home. They have free wi-fi here! It would be great if more airports allowed it. Usually it costs something like $8.00 even though you’ll only be there an hour or so. Really, not worth it!

I just spent an incredible weekend, however, with a broad spectrum of folks from the Boise area. I touched base with four different pockets of believers up here over the five days I was in the area. I am always blessed by the people I meet who hunger to know the Living God and are willing to follow that hunger even when it pushes them away from the safety of the status quo. I even got a chance to prune some grapevines yesterday and let others see what it looks like when God prunes up our lives to make us more fruitful.

One of the things that has kept coming up in this trip is that routine is the death knell of relationship. Whether it is our spouse, God, or the body of Christ, whenever we find more comfort in the safety of a routine rather than live in the spontaneity of the moment, relationships begin to die. Routine and ritual is the language of religion. Relationships are just too organic for such things. So if you think things are getting stale in your relationships, break out of the box a bit. Learn to see your God, your spouse and others through fresh eyes and respond to the moment rather than stay to the comfort of past routines.

His mercies really are new every morning. In the uniqueness of your life and this day may the creative God inspire you today with something fresh from his heart and may you follow him today to places that you’ve never gone before…

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  1. Dom December 12, 2005 at 10:52 am

    this is awesome!!Its working on me right now..

  2. Dom December 12, 2005 at 1:52 pm

    this is awesome!!Its working on me right now..

  3. Roger December 19, 2005 at 5:24 am

    Wayne,

    Is there are difference between discipline and routine? If so, what? And how do the two play out in our walk?

    Have a God-filled day!

  4. Roger December 19, 2005 at 8:24 am

    Wayne,

    Is there are difference between discipline and routine? If so, what? And how do the two play out in our walk?

    Have a God-filled day!

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