Page 100 was a Monday and for the most part followed a typical Monday routine. With spring break last week, it had been over a week since I last set my alarm clock for anything and its early morning buzzing was not a welcome sound. I’ve gotten to where I don’t mind early mornings once I’ve developed a routine of rising early. But for me, a week is all it takes to get out of that routine to the extent that the early mornings are difficult for a few days. But difficulty can often be overcome with determination, so I skipped the snooze button and got myself up and off to work.
The workday began with the normal cleaning and building prep. As I finished, daylight was just beginning to break over the eastern horizon. With the ever-increasing daylight hours as summer approaches, it seems like each week requires a change to the outside lights timer so they’re not on when they don’t need to be. Once the building was ready for the start of the school day, it was time to settle in with God to work on the prayer guide for next week. With the calendar in my mind, it didn’t take long to settle on the general topic of the resurrection. As I spent time in prayer refining what that would look like in a daily prayer guide focus, I was drawn to the idea of the dead coming to life as a new creation. As it came together, each day of the week following Easter Sunday will focus on an aspect of living a resurrected life that is new.
The rest of the morning was spent finishing the prayer guide and getting it formatted and scheduled to be posted and sent out on Sunday. When all the work on it was done, I turned my attention to the early stages of a sermon I will share at Deer Run during the morning service on April 30. It will be an opportunity to both preach and share about the work of Impact Prayer Ministry with my home congregation. Regardless of the topic, it will be a prayer-based sermon that will come out of my prayer time with the intent of encouraging others in their prayer life.
By mid-afternoon my workday was done and I stopped for lunch on my way home. The weather forecast was calling for storms to move in but they hadn’t arrived by late afternoon so we headed out for a family walk at Potato Creek State Park. As we hit the trails we were greeted by the presence of a variety of early spring wildflowers. Today’s photo is a grouping of blossoms from one of those wildflowers as it broke through the dead leaves which covered the forest floor. It reminded me of the story of the resurrection — of new life conquering the grip of death as the blossoms break through the tomb of the ground to live anew.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Routine by itself is neutral. Good routines are good, bad routines are bad.
- Developing good routines can be useful as long as the routines are tools that help us do the good work God created for us to do.
- When routines become the point for existence, we become enslaved and miss the usefulness they could bring.
- Life is always a series of adjustments as we continually learn to make the most of our relationship with the Son.
- When we come into relationship with God, we are called to die to self — not so death can be celebrated, but so a new life can be born through the power of the resurrection.
- Living a prayer-based life has great benefit in our walk with God, but it also is meant to be shared in ways that encourage and benefit others.
- God plants beauty and illustrations of His principles all around us and His desire is that we would pay attention to both the beauty and the lessons.