Creatures of habit

We all do it. We get stuck in a day to day routine. We like structure, but we despise the monotonous day to day predictability. We have the same conversations, with the same coworkers. We leave work, at the same time and pick up the kids from the same places. It can start to feel lifeless, mechanical and robotic. Like, we are just trying to get through another day, with no real drive to do much else. Sometimes, we make blanket statements without even realizing it. We will say things like, “I can’t wait to get this day over with.” And it is strictly out of habit, that we dread another day, knowing exactly what is going to happen.

If we are not careful, our habits and routines can breed inadequacy. The definition of inadequacy is: lacking quality, or insufficient of a purpose. When we get in to these ruts, our lives definitely lack quality. We don’t feel as if we have a real purpose and we forget who we are. As Christians, we are a royal people, saved by grace, a chosen generation, with destiny written all over us! It’s time to step out of our routine and remember why we were made. We were created to be like God, to be good and holy. This does NOT mean that God expects us to obtain his status, and be gods ourselves, but we are to be “godly”. In other words, we are to develop His morals, character and behavior (Eph. 4:22-24).

We are also not to conform to this world (Romans 12:2). Conformity is the act of being compliant or socially acceptable. How can we fulfill a purpose that was created specifically for us if we’re just, “going with the flow?” This verse does not speak of open rebellion or defiance, but it talks about being transformed, and changed. We should not deprive ourselves of being our best selves, by accepting a mediocre existence. God knows us better than anyone else, and living the life we were designed to have, will be better than any of us could have imagined.

We were not made to be satisfactory. We are not robots, but we are unique individuals, and NO ONE has ever been created just like us, in history. We were not made for entry level jobs, in companies, that don’t have any room to grow. There might be a reason to be at such a place for a season, but we must make sure we are seeking out that reason. Do not waste an opportunity to grow. I can assure you, no matter where you are right now, there is a lesson to be learned.

When we become complacent with our lives, we allow negativity to expand in our minds. If we are constantly living a “meh” life, it’s going to be easy to start complaining, and those thoughts WILL multiply. In turn, it will start to affect our mental state, our drive, and our physical health. We will lose all motivation and depression can set in. Our moods will also start to have an affect on those around us. Our family and friends take notice, and it will spread. This is not what God has designed for us.

Slipping in to this mindset can happen without even realizing it. We get comfortable with routine, and we settle, but we are not meant to be ok with settling. There is a fire inside each one of us, and we aren’t supposed to hide that. We are supposed to use that light to guide others. I promise you, that light is contagious. It will spread just as the negativity does. The choice of which one to share with the world, will ultimately be each of ours. However, keep in mind that regardless of our own unique purposes, we are not supposed to neglect each other, but we are to encourage one another (Heb. 10:25).

“Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive, serve the Lord. When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful.” Romans 12:11-12

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