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The routine of life – is it all that bad??

Could I, should I, give him the benefit of the doubt? On one hand, I wanted to say “could be”, “perhaps you are correct”, or “that is some good food for thought.” On the other hand, I was thinking, “Just let it go. Consider the source.   He isn’t really interested in your thoughts and analysis anyway.” So, I didn’t make any comment, and the fellow never knew how his remark stirred my thinking.

He was one of those pastors that enjoy frequently stirring the pot. So, when he began his comments that particular Sunday by saying, “THE ROUTINE IS THE WORST OF ALL EVILS” I wasn’t surprised. Oh, yes, it got the congregants’ attention immediately. But, I was disappointed. I practiced some self-restraint, which usually is a good thing anyway. But, his refrain also triggered some analysis on my part. Even allowing for the value of exaggeration in “The routine is the worst of all evils”, is the “routine” all that bad a thing?

The fact is that routine is not that bad a thing. Certainly when a person prays, or attends church, etc., out of no more than a sense of routine, it is less blessed than it could be. Nonetheless, the non-ending search for something new, novel, and different all the time is a self-destructive slavery. It doesn’t have natural parallels. Life is, after all, routine. Nature’s routines make life dependable. It makes plans dependable. If it weren’t for the routine of the heart beat, of the lungs inflating and deflating, of the seasons changing, of the tides happening, of the earth revolving around the sun and the moon around the earth, etc., life as we know it would cease. No, routine is not our enemy, and it certainly is not the worst of all evils.


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