As Was His Custom
In Luke we read, “And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.” (Luke 4:16 NASB). The small phrase, “…as was His custom…”, has always interested me as it speaks of Jesus’ mannerism and daily routine. I often wonder what time Jesus normally woke up in the morning, what did he do to feel ready for the day and did he brush his teeth.
For so many, the COVID-19 virus has disrupted and altered our daily routine in ways we never could have imagined. It is a jolt to most but slightly less so for me. About four years ago I began working from home and came to realize the importance of a good daily routine. It may sound odd but, I get up every morning and prepare for the day as if going to the office. I dress for the office and fix my hair even though my family are the only ones who will see me all day. And yes, I even brush my teeth. The act of getting ready is as much physical as it is mental. It sets my mind ready for the day. I’ve also learned to include boundaries in my daily routine. I’ve set aside my office space as “work” and the rest of my house as “home”. I do my very best to avoid mixing the two. When the workday is done, I walk away from that space both physically and mentally. This is true even in the way I answer my phone – Business Mitch vs Regular Mitch. Odd? Maybe. But it has worked well.
As you make adjustments in response to COVID-19, consider your daily routine. Be purposeful about preparing for the day. If working from home, build in boundaries that allow separation of work and home. Be intentional with your time and attention. Include a devotional in your daily reading. At the end of the day, jot down three things you want to accomplish tomorrow then work on them first thing the next morning once you’re ready for the day. And even if we aren’t sure exactly what Jesus did, brush your teeth.
I miss seeing our church family so very much and pray each of you remain safe and healthy.
By: Mitch Manning, City Church Member