We are all creatures of habit. We usually get up at the same hour, eat the same breakfast, make the same drive to our place of work and listen to the same radio station during our commute. We face endless repetition in our daily routines. That’s just life. While it may not seem like it at times, there is real maturity and growth in being faithful and responsible day by day, week by week, year by year.
The same might be said for our spiritual lives. On Sunday mornings we go to church, sit in the same seats, and sing the same praise and worship music. Even our prayers can sound the same. We are tempted to wonder, “Am I really doing anything profitable for the kingdom of God? I’ve been doing the same thing over and over, but there is very little variety to it.”
Growing in grace does not mean doing more or greater things for God. True growth comes in doing the same things again and again with heart assurance that we are doing everything for him. It’s like learning to write in the first grade. You begin with looping circles and lines, forming big letter. But after a while, the letters become smaller and closer together and eventually you learn to put words together and form sentences. Even though you have been doing the same repetitious things, the whole time something worthy was being accomplished.
In your Christian walk, it takes much grace to keep going when you are tired, broken, downcast or afflicted. In fact, it takes more grace to stay steadfast in those times than it does when everything is new and fresh and exciting. It is wonderful to know that we can trust his Word and know that he is with us.
I encourage you to serve him faithfully and watch the Lord bring you into a new place of peace, trust and purpose.