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Routine is very important to me. Maintaining structure is akin to maintaining sanity for me. Routine makes me feel safe, balanced, and calm. Routine helps me conserve energy because I don’t have to think about what I’m going to do next. However, familiar routines can quickly become mundane, empty, and tedious. So, where’s the balance? I’ve been trying to think of ways to nurture joy in the midst of routine. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

– Watch for surprises! I want to practice looking for God in the small, intimate details of life. If I search persistently for them, I know I will surely discover His divine interventions.

– Cultivate gratitude. I want to learn the secret of being content – whatever the circumstances – by thankfully acknowledging all the good that God is working out in my life.

– Walk with a purpose. God’s passion is people. God’s purposes are always about people. Loving people is the only investment of time and energy that has eternal value. I want to follow wherever LOVE leads.

– Connect with others. Spending quality time with my family and friends is very precious to me, but I also want to be more open to strangers. Intentionally connecting with strangers in order to bless them with a creative kindness is both invigorating and intimidating! But I want to be willing to take the risk.

– Create something. I wanna to keep makin’ stuff! This is just part of my DNA. Being creative nourishes me in a profound way that I can’t live without.

– Try something/learn something new. I want to go beyond the consumption of movies, books, and magazines and seek out experiences that inspire and expand.

– Trust God’s process. I want to remember where I’m heading: 1) The progressive development of more intimacy, more love, more healing, more wholeness, more freedom, more joy, more energy, more maturity, more wisdom, more power, more abundance, more generosity, more fruitfulness, more effectiveness! Glory to glory, baby! 2) The refinement and fulfillment of my deepest God-given, God-pleasing desires, passions, goals, ambitions, aspirations, hopes and dreams.

– Invest wisely. I want to be actively engaged in LIFE, balancing my time between responsiblities, relationships, recreation, and rest.

– Go with flow. I want to live mindfully in the moment. The following excerpt from Simple Abundance captures the essence of this mindset:

“In order to know a semblance of serenity during the days of our lives, we need to discover Time’s twin nature, which the ancient Greeks called chronos and kairos.

Chronos is clocks, deadlines, watches, calendars, agendas, planners, schedules, beepers. Chronos is time at her worst. Chronos keeps track. Chronos is a delusion of grandeur. In chronos we think only of ourselves. Chronos is the world’s time. Kairos is transcendence, infinity, reverence, joy, passion, love, the Sacred.

Kairos is intimacy with the Real. Kairos is time at her best. Kairos lets go. In kairos we escape the dungeon of self. Kairos is Spirit’s time.

We exist in chronos. We long for kairos. That’s our duality. Chronos requires speed so that it won’t be wasted. Kairos requires space so that it might be savored. We do in chronos. In kairos we are allowed to be.

So how do we exchange chronos for kairos? By slowing down. By concentrating on one thing at a time. By going about whatever we are doing as if it were the only thing worth doing at that moment. By pretending we have all the time in the world, so that our subconscious will kick in and make it so. By making time. By taking time. It only takes a moment to cross over from chronos into kairos, but it does take a moment.”

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