Life is anything but a routine. I was challenged by Mark Batterson and his take on life as a routine. Have you been doing something so long that it becomes a routine for you? If we’re not careful our jobs becomes routine, our kids become routine, our marriages become routine. We keep living in the past instead of creating and dreaming our future. This has huge implications for our walk with God as well.
Here'swhat Mark Batterson, Lead Pastor of National Community Church, suggests when God becomes a routine:
- Try fasting something you've never fasted before.
- Try reading another version of the Bible like The Message or The New Living Translation.
- Try meditating on a passage of Scripture for a week.
- Keep a prayer journal.
- Take a personal retreat.
- Try worshiping God in a new way or a new place.
- Try a prayer experiment where you pray for someone or something for a month.
We are geting ready for the Consumed Concert this weekend, and I challenged our music teams to worship God with abandon. I'll throw out the same challenge here. Even if you have memorized the words to your favorite song, recall them with a fresh perspective and sing out your praises to a living God who loves to hear your voice every single time."It's who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” John 4:23-24 (msg)