Routines to Change Your Life
I must make a confession. I like routines. I mean, I really like routines! Yes, I’m the one that puts his clothes on the same way every morning and brushes his teeth the same way. Since starting the new year I’ve taken the time to examine some of my routines and I’ve asked myself a question. What routines could I change to better improve my life?
I have come up with some ideas and I will share a couple of them with you. While my morning routine is still the same I’ve changed my mental routine.
I’ve always gotten up in the morning and read my Bible and prayed. It’s a good habit and good routine to get into it. This routine is normally done before I leave for work. While I obviously kept this routine, I added another step to it. While it hasn’t always been this way, I am blessed to only have about 15 minute commute to work. On my short commute to work I now recite (meditate) on a scripture verse.
The scripture verse as of lately has changed my perspective. It can be found in Psalm 118:24:
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I do not make it a habit to read out of the New King James Version but this is the one that I chose to memorize. The reason is because in this verse the writer understands that joy is a choice and not an accident. The writer proclaims that “we will rejoice,” indicating that it is a choice.
I’ve also decided that I want to be a more thankful person and to have more gratitude in my life. Every morning I now come up with my “Top 5 For My Drive.” I simply tell God five things that I am thankful for and I can’t repeat things. It forces me to meditate on what I am thankful for. I can honestly say that this has changed my mindset before I go to work.
Both of these new mental routines have changed my perspective. I do this because I don’t want to leave my joy in life to chance based on my circumstances or what happens to me at work. The result is that I am a happier person at work and at home. Situations and conflicts get to me a lot less than they once did. I still have some rough days but overall I have seen a definite change in my perspective.
What routines could you change or add in your life that could improve your life? Please leave a comment or share a routine that you have!
I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir