I love being retired! I recommend retirement to all my friends, even the young ones who have years to go before they . . . sleep . . . or nap! Being retired gives me sufficient time to pursue what I believe to be a godly routine. And pursuing that routine is a blessing.
It’s not a blessing for my unsaved friend Mike (although I’m sure he has a routine he follows each day). Life is not meant to be lived 100% spontaneously. We need routine. We need habits which we pursue. We need discipline to make good choices with our time and energy. I grieve for my lost friends, for they —
28. THEY DON’T HAVE A GODLY ROUTINE!
Here’s a brief summary of my morning routine. I wake up about 5 or 5:30 am (which means I have to get in bed by 9 or 9:30 pm the night before), make my first cup of coffee, and settle into my LazyBoy. I quickly check my email, our Amazon account (we sell about ten used books a day), and then make my chess moves on chess.com (I lose internationally). I then dive into my devotional reading.
My friend Frank and I have been reading the same Bible passage together each week for the last couple of years. Our practice has been explained in my blog here. I have another small group of brothers that read a different chapter of Scripture every day, so I have to read that second assignment. I write out my prayer for the day (in Keynote) and am then finished with my daily devotional reading. Recently I’ve spent a few minutes reading a page or two from the book The Intellectual Devotional. I’m then free to work on sermons or my blog or emails.
My wife Linda wakes up about 6:30 am or 7 am and when she comes into our sun room, I kiss her good morning and ask the same question every day, “Would you like a cup of coffee?” And she always says “Yes, as a matter of fact, I would!” After she’s woken up a bit, I take my shower, weigh myself (she says she wants to see less of me), and then report my weight to my wife. My morning ritual is done when she and I sit on the couch and pray together.
My friend Mike doesn’t have this godly routine. As far as I know, he doesn’t read God’s Word, he doesn’t write out his prayer for the day, he doesn’t pray with his wife. He probably just has his breakfast, maybe cycles a few miles on his Peloton, greets his family, and goes to work. That’s not bad, but he’s missing the kind of godly routine that allows God the Holy Spirit to change his life, reorder his priorities, make him more like Jesus.
We’re really talking about what are called the spiritual disciplines. These include meditation, solitude, worship, prayer, Bible reading, etc. Acts 2:42 tells us the early Christians “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
My friend Mike has no reason to pursue the spiritual disciplines or a godly routine, for he is not yet in the family of God. But, maybe, one day he will be!
How do I pray for my unsaved friend? First, I pray for myself that I would settle into a godly routine that exalts God’s Word and opens my heart and life to God the Holy Spirit for needed change. Then I pray for my friend to come to Christ and, perhaps, for opportunities to share with him what I’ve learned from God’s Word that morning! (to be continued)