I would be willing to say that all of us have daily routines. We have our list of “to-do’s” to be done before we leave our home every morning. We try to make sure that every item is checked off before we leave home. Once we get to work, school, or wherever we may be going, we have our “to-do” list, maybe not written out, but plainly written in our mind. Then, when we get home, we have another “to-do” list. Would you say that oftentimes our attitude is that our “to-do” list is our “have to do’s” rather than or “get to do’s”?
Our routines include the small things, such as, don’t forget the keys, phone, and wallet, feed the dog, wash the dishes, turn off the kitchen light, etc. Some routines are much more important. We have places we have to go, people we have to see and jobs that we have to do. I recently read about a business woman who would visit her mom in the nursing home every day. She was close to her mother and loved her very much. Her time to visit her mom was the same each day. She would never schedule appointments at that time, because she knew that she would be spending time with her mother. Her visit was something that she felt she had to do. The day came when her mother died. She then realized that she didn’t have to visit her mother, but wished that she could visit her mother.
This story makes us realize that our routines that we feel that we “have to do” may need to be seen as things that we “get to do”. Do we “have to” drive the kids to school or do we “get to” drive our kids to school? Do we “have to” go to work or do we “get to” go to work? Do we “have to” spend time in prayer or do we “get to” spend time in prayer?
Let’s try changing our words from “have to” to “get to” and see if our routines become our blessings. We may find ourselves looking forward to getting up each morning and embracing the day. We may find that our change of attitude may impact our entire day and also impact those around us as well.