ROUTINE: Man and His Routine

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The world’s rich and celebrated usually rail against routine.

Most seem to equate “routine” with a lack of fun, an overabundance of cares and worries–or worse.

“The less routine the more life.”
Amos B. Alcott

Routine” appears to have become almost a shorthand for “boring.”

“People are caught in a routine, doing the same things over and over.”
Conor McGregor

Among the rich and celebrated, some not only claim to shun the “routine,” they claim to avoid others with a routine.

“Some men like a dull life – they like the routine of eating breakfast, going to work, coming home, petting the dog, watching TV, kissing the kids, and going to bed. Stay clear of it – it’s often catching.”
Hedy LaMarr

BUT, if the above is all true, then WHY does man value so the establishing of a routine?

Why on earth would a person desire to set up something that is not fun, boring and full of dullness?

One suspects the answer is man’s need for security.  Most men crave security above all else–no matter what they may claim otherwise.

“Most people want security in this world, not liberty.
–H. L. Mencken

A routine allows man of having the security of sameness; of being able to plan and predict with some certainty what he will do; of setting aside a few minutes each day for some worldly enjoyment (like a morning walk or listening to a particular song on the way to work).

So, despite what many may claim, most work hard at setting up a routine which they convince themselves is enjoyable (even if the enjoyable parts only amount to 15 minutes a day).

The trick is to have one’s routine be a servant instead of the routine turning one into a slave in service of fulfilling one’s normal course of action.

In particular, many sports fanatics–for whatever reasons–become enslaved to their various routines and rituals they have established over the years in regard to their sports or games.  They dress a certain way; they have certain “lucky” behaviors they perform; they have certain game-day routines they feel “get them ready” to watch (or otherwise enjoy) their game.

BUT it is not only the sports-obsessed, others also slavishly rely on routine.

Recently, a woman was observed at a local chain drugstore.

She approached the automatic door and waited for it open.

And waited.

And waited.

The door DID NOT open (obviously the motion sensor was cranky) and the woman stood in front of it for perhaps a minute without moving.

As the door did not open, the woman finally decided to leave.  As she was leaving, her shoulder bag swung around and apparently activated the previously-dormant motion sensor.

The door opened.

The woman went in.

And THIS incident is as good an example of enslavement to a routine as one can observe. The woman was obviously used to the door always opening as she approached it.  When it did not open, she stood and waited for it to open.

She was clearly confounded.

When it did not open as it usually did, she did nothing.

But perhaps her mind was otherwise occupied.

The woman’s routine was that she approached the door and the door opened, admitting her to the wonders that are to be found in the aisles of a drugstore.

When that routine changed, she was not prepared to do anything else.

The moral (if there is one)?

One’s routine should NOT be boring or dull or mind-numbing–though there is comfort to be found in that daily sameness.

One’s routine SHOULD provide a service: security, solace or some other benefit.

Most of life is routine – dull and grubby, but routine is the momentum that keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.”
Ben Nicholas

DOES the reader have a routine which he enjoys or which provides him with a few moments of escape or solace from the rest of his day?

DOES the reader value this routine and look forward to it?

DOES the reader value this routine more than the work of God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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[Portions of this piece originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: June 6, 2018.]

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