Five Minute Friday – Routine

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Routine –
commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly
regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative,
performed as a regular procedure rather than for a special reason


When I try to meet with routine
instead of greeting with open arms.
I lay down and die.

No one knows how hard it is for me to have
a getup – dress-wash-make bed routine,
a weekly to do it list, or
time to stop and get ready for bed stuff.
I still have to think about doing all the little things;

I’ve thought:
it is rebellion
but I’m not a rebellious person
“when I feel like it, I will”
but some things just don’t come with feelings
“I’ll do it later”
I’ve been crowned duchess of procrastination.
“I’m not worth the effort”.
What kind of lie is that!

But as I read the definitions
I realize I was looking at the
regular… commonplace… ordinary…
as having little worth or benefit

What if I did none of the routine chores?
My life and I would look like chaos.

Big things,
Important things,
I see as being for the Lord.
I ask for His special help and grace
but for the little things
that need/should be done daily
“they are of little consequence”
“no one will know if I don’t”
“no one comes over so why bother to”

What does God’s word have to say?

Luke 16:10
He that is faithful in that which is least
is faithful also in much:
and he that is unjust in the least
is unjust also in much.

Stand up
Dust off your clothes
Take a deep breath
Begin to routinely live for God’s glory today.

Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever you do [whatever your task may be],
work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort],
as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,
knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men]
that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward.
It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.
Amplified Bible

Remind me, Lord.


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  1. This is great, Leslie: a good “kick in the pants”! I do think it is easy to tell ourselves that the simple daily things are not that important to our spiritual lives. Your post suggests otherwise. Thanks for writing.

  2. Thanks for visiting and the encouragement.

  3. SO GOOD! I so understand the “lay down and die” part of this post. Ha! Routine is great, if it fits into your routine. Faithfulness shows up in the most insignificant was, doesn’t it? The quote from St. Theresa of Calcutta is such a poignant reminder that there is a blessedness to routine. Thanks for this lovely post! Visiting from #57 FMF. God bless!

    • Thank you – I trembled as I hit publish. Others seemed to have their acts together and I’m hanging out my laundry. 🙂

  4. ““I’m not worth the effort”.
    What kind of lie is that!”

    Leslie, I think I’ve said this, but in a different way. More like, “I’m a burden/ It takes too long. I’m too slow I can’t move fast enough for people,ughh” Having Cerebral Palsy is hard sometimes, with wanting to hurry and be done. Like everyone else. But it makes me wonder if Jesus’ routine was more of a slow-down than a speed-up. I like to imagine how present he must of been. Thank you sharing this. Visiting from fmf. 🙂

    • As I read your comment I thought, How many times Christ went away to pray, He paused before He acted, He knew the need for responding instead of reacting,
      Thank you for visiting me.

  5. Just because something seems like a little thing to me, does not mean that my obedience is small in God’s eyes. Thank you for this reminder.

    • Your comment reminds me “If you love me, keep my commandments” it is the way we show our love for God.
      Thanks for visiting.

  6. Oh, I like your writing and your insights! The picture speaks a thousand words and touches us deeply.

    • The quote is one of my favorites.
      Thank you for visiting.

  7. Leslie, I am such a fan of St. Theresa. What a wonderful quote for thoughts about routine. Love your peaceful blog. Thank you for your thoughts! (fmf#22) Blessings!

  8. Love this reminder at the end of your blog from Luke 16:10
    He that is faithful in that which is least
    is faithful also in much:
    and he that is unjust in the least
    is unjust also in much. . . .
    [PS thanks for visiting/commenting my blog from FMF, topic: Routine]
    – Cornelia

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