And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
This weekend I was able to witness four people get baptized at my church. The 4th man was 91 years old, and it took six men to lift him into the tub. To witness that was a gift in itself. Tears rolled down my face as Pastor said something along the lines that although we may do this routinely, and although we all repeat the words before we get baptized, there is so much value in what we say. In other words, don’t underestimate the value of your routine.
This scripture verse comes from the story in the Bible right as Jesus beings his ministry. What I like about this verse is that it says “as was his custom” – meaning going to the synagogue was not out of the ordinary for him. It was his custom. You see, even Jesus had a routine. Even he went to service every single weekend.
We all do things day in and day out. Some of us tune in every single day. It is a routine. There are other things that we do that are routine for us. Going to the gym might be routine for you. Calling your loved ones before going to bed, drinking your coffee a certain way. A lot of what we do are routines in our lives, but in our routines, we have systems. In our systems, we have success. We must never underestimate the value of a routine. So although it’s easy to get lost on autopilot, there is true value we can gain from learning during those times.
So let us lean a little closer today. Let us look at the things we do on autopilot. Do they serve us or hurt us. What is the value we get from doing such things?
Father God help us in uncovering our routines. Help us in finding what we do and what we may oversee. Lord, there is value in everything we do. Help us assess that which helps us and that which may hurt us. May we remove bad routines and replace them with righteous ones. We love you and ask that you bless the day and the week ahead of us. It is in your Holy name that we pray, AMEN!