DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY!
One of my lockdown habits is a daily morning run (apart from Sundays – that’s an evening walk day).
Just before I set out for the run today, I decided to do things differently and change the sequence and direction of my run. I was wondering if doing things differently could give me a fresh perspective, increased performance and create more enjoyment for me as I was used to a repeated routine and route. With my current pattern, I am almost sure of who I’ll meet and where, whenever I go for these runs. Now if you know me, you will know that I like schedules and routines – so I will normally not want to do things differently but for this strong inclination to do so.
As I set out going a different route, I realised that I ran further than I normally would and also ran it in my best record time. That is, I improved just because I chose to do things differently and put in a little adjustment into my routine. I was super proud of myself (by the way, it doesn’t take me too much to be proud of myself!) but this situation got me thinking of the lesson I’ve learnt from my little exercise. I learnt that ‘though it’s good to be predictable, it is better to be flexible so that you can embrace something new and open yourself up to more opportunities in life as well as better results.’
God’s word that I started meditating on with regards to this lesson says;
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland” Isaiah 43:19
God is always set to introduce us to new things that will make our lives better if we are not resistant to Him and His instructions. Turn your gaze towards Him and you will see what He has already started, rather than only what you are familiar with. The familiar can only produce so much for you – but your God is doing new things around you. Embrace Him and His new plans for your life and be ready to do things differently if required.
God is on your side!