About forty percent of everything we do on a daily basis is a habit. We sit in the same place for meetings, we have a “bedtime routine”, and we walk the same route between our office and the water cooler throughout the day.
We love patterns. Our brains look for them. It helps us to save time and energy.
And the quickest way to transform our lives is to take the everyday moments and make them God-centered patterns. To do this requires an adjustment in perspective (a renewed mind). It requires that we first recognize every moment as valuable. We perceive our day as an incredible opportunity to make meaningful choices.
Our actions do not happen in a vacuum. They are significantly informed by our perception and the choices we make about attitude. When we reframe our daily moments from “boring” or “mundane” into “meaningful” and “significant”, it opens our hearts, minds, and bodies to possibilities we might have been overlooking.
Too often, we put all our hope in one big moment. We are waiting for the opportune circumstance to come along, by which our lives will be transformed. But the real transformation is in our daily practice. Specifically, our perception of our daily practice.
The plains of life are not neutral. They are not moments of boredom to be endured. They are moments of opportunities to be treasured. With the right perception, we can reform our habits into fuel for The Kingdom of God.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
– Romans 12:2