The good and bad of ruts

Unless you’ve always lived a well-established routine that’s more closely resembled a rut than a schedule, you’ve probably created one in the past six months. I know I have.

While I already had a fairly organized lifestyle, since this COVID thing, my mornings now consist of going for my walk at the nearby  track, heading into town for a cup of tea involving chats with new as well as long-time friends, a stop at the local grocery store a few times a week, then home to do crossword puzzles before making lunch.

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Afternoons can range from totally lazy to regularly accomplishing chores such as laundry, weeding or writing these articles.  Oh yes, I also have daily phone conversations with our daughter-in-law and several friends. Talk about ruts…those were the last things I ever thought I’d have in my life.

I recently read this quote: “Great things never come from comfort zones” and along with a very familiar verse of Scripture, it got me thinking: being in a rut definitely has its good and bad points.

For me, the bad parts include a slide toward inertia, as in becoming lazy. It really is easier to crawl up on the chesterfield with pencil and eraser in hand than it is to get outside and weed or do a bit more walking. The good points: I spend less money since I don’t go shopping and I keep in touch with friends on a more regular basis.

The writer of Proverbs admonishes us with these words: “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.” (Proverbs 3)

Enjoy, then make use of ruts.

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