August 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

This time of year always has me yearning for and thinking about routine. As the summer comes to an end and the school year starts I am always more than ready for a regular schedule and routine. As much as I love summer, its about two weeks too long for me. I am someone who like adventure, diversity and change. I get bored if things stay the same and so I always enjoy a great conversation, something new in my day and a new opportunity. This fall I am teaching my first ever solo undergraduate course. It should be a great new adventure.

Even though I do love adventure, I am truly a creature of habit. It takes a long time to form a habit and a short time to lose it, and I have been more of a victim of losing habit as of late than forming habits. It’s a challenge I need to take on this school year. I also love routine. As much diversity as I have in life and in my schedule, I find great joy, strength and peace in routine. While the change of pace that comes in summer is nice, I love having a regular schedule and a regular routine that also allows for change, diversity in more. I recognize that my love for routine and habit is mostly personality, but it is also a spiritual issue today. If I get outside of habit and routine, I find that I lose my focus on God with greater ease. One of the goals of any disciple should be discipline, and so discipline comes more readily in habit, routine, and schedule (at least for me). Ironically as much as I crave habit and routine, it takes me a week to get used to it. I lost some of my ferocious discipline that is normally a characteristic of my life this spring and summer and I am optimistically looking forward to getting it back!