Enjoying the Journey

“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). We all want to be faithful…but what does that mean? Faithfulness is not a schedule; it is a spirit. There are many people who are present but not present. Fathers who are at home but not really with their family. Church members who are in the meetings but not truly engaged. Preacher’s who are going through the motions but have lost heart. There is a difference between faithfulness and mere routine. Vance Havner once observed, “A rut is just a grave with both ends knocked out of it!” Routines can become ruts. Ruts are death. Here is the real issue: faithful to what? Many a…

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Just this week as I walked through an airport bookstore I saw yet another volume on the development of habits.  Indeed, every detail of life is full of routine.  This does not mean that days are dull and uneventful!  It is often in the routines of life that God demonstrates His great power and wisdom. There is, however, a difference between routines and ruts. Habits are powerful things.  They are either enslaving habits or liberating habits.  Horace Mann, the famed educator, wrote, “Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.” Properly planned routines are habits of life that are rooted in meaning and purpose – disciplines that keep us…

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