Routine Season

It’s new routine season in the gymnastics world.  Every year, we have to do new routines for all the events, except vault of course, and it is always a trying time of the year.  We struggle with getting everything done on top of making new routines for the gymnasts, so it can be a difficult time of the training year.

Every year, I have the best of intentions to get the routines completed during the summer training time, when we seem to have more time on our hands, but I never do.  It gets put to the back of my mind and then time flies away and before I know it, time is up and I didn’t reach my goal of getting them done before regular season hits.

Many of us are very much like this when it comes to spirituality too.  We put off going to church until next Sunday, but the next Sunday comes and you realize that this Sunday wasn’t good either.  Then it is Christmas and finally you do make time to go to church to honor Jesus’ birthday, but other than that it isn’t a priority to you.

Just like me putting off my floor and beam routines for my gymnasts, it is very easy for us to put off our spirituality.  I’m sure I’m not the only one that is guilty of doing this!  We have our entire live to build our relationship with God.  Thank goodness God is a patient person, and is waiting for us when we are finally ready to organize our lives and put him as a priority.

Unless we are pressured to do so, most of us will continue to put off this aspect of our lives.  Many people when they are suffering from an illness that they don’t know if they will live through, will eventually resort to finding their way spiritually.  If your marriage has reached a point of devastation, then maybe you will look towards spirituality as a last resort to help save your years of matrimony.  If your children have chosen a horrible path of self-destruction and you are at your wits end, you might turn to God for help and strength.

Why does it take such devastation in our lives for us to finally look for our Divine Creator for help and strength?  Why do we always have to almost be destroyed in an aspect of our lives before we become wise to the strength of our Lord?

In 1 Peter 2:1-3 it explains, “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Remember how excited you were to have God in your life when you were young?  You have to get back to that childlike longing for your spiritual milk and stop putting off the hand that feeds our soul.  It is something that you know you will want to have in your life if you are facing the last days here on earth, so stop putting off the inevitable and make God your top priority now.  Watch how your life changes into a wonderfully choreographed routine.  Just like the gymnastics routines that I have been putting off.  Get off your lump on the long, and dance!  Dance for the love of God!