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Sunday, May 27th, '18

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MY REGULAR LIFE

"...that which comes upon me daily, the care of all the churches" (2 Corinthians 11:28)

 

Yea, you may think Paul's life was all mysterious and adventurous but really he had a routine life. Oh, there were miracles and he birthed some great churches, not to mention that he died a martyr's death, but most of the time he dealt with the regular stuff. Some call it the daily grind, others, getting down to the nitty-gritty. Being regular is not a bad thing. There is comfort in a daily routine. The knickknacks on your walls and shelves produce familiarity and a sense of rhythm. Nine-to-five sounds humdrum but it is at least consistent, can be banked on and makes life predictable and manageable. We need vacations. We need fireworks occasionally. God inserted Saturday night in the life cycle for a reason. Adrenal glands need worked from time to time. Life isn't supposed to be stiff and stuffy. But it does feel good to get back to normal, back to one's regular life.

 

Paul spoke of his daily concern, "the care of all the churches". He wasn't always punching devils. Sometimes Pastor Paul had to file statistic reports or make house calls. Picture him at Philippi mowing the church lawn or carrying out trash bags after a church dinner. Glamorous is really fictional. Tom Cruise puts his pants on the same way as everyone else, one leg at a time. Regularity is human but being regular doesn't mean you have to be ordinary. There's a big difference there. People have their regular breakfast, regular route to work, regular chores, regular bedtime, etc. Being regular means you operate by regulation. It is a controlled life, discipline, and that is good. Just make sure that routine doesn't become rut. Throw in a little action. Keep it fun. Don't be like the hamster on his exercise wheel spinning round and round but never going anywhere. Embrace regularity but fight monotony.

 

 

Someone says, "I'm getting back to my old self", which means "things are regular again, manageable". Of course, you don't have to choose a sluggish pace. If "regular" isn't the regular you want, then change it. But at the same time, don't cuss your own yard because the grass isn't as green as what's growing on the other side of the fence. You may have to spread some fertilizer or aerate the ground, but regular can be good. In one of Carly Simon's tunes about marriage she sings, "Just because it isn't perfect doesn't mean it isn't good". Some people would give a fortune to have a regular home. Others are begging God for a regular job. Still others don't like what they see in the mirror and wish they could be a regular person. Ah, don't be so rough on yourself. You may be unique, different or special, but that doesn't mean you are not regular. God's regulars are irregulars in a regular world. Celebrate the diversity. And praise God that you have a place in this regular world, even if it means making beds, doing dishes and the same old grind. I live on the road and I love the ministry that God has called me to, but what a joy it is to come home and sleep in my regular bed. But I won't stay there long because it will always be in our nature to have a little discontent.


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