We all fall into habits.
When something new enters my life, I usually have a period of a few days where I establish some learnings on how to use it. And within those first 48 to 72 hours, I form patterns that soon become indicative of how I’ll interact with whatever I’m using. For example, I bought this laptop back in August, and it is my first Mac. Initially, everything seemed new. But for the most part, I figured out how to use it in the first 72 hours. It was like I made little deals on what keystroke shortcuts I’d use, what features I’d open, and what I’d never bother to figure out.
In those first few days, I didn’t explore every feature or probably even 90% of what this baby can do. I just figured out how to use it for what I needed it to do, explored a few bells and whistles, and left it alone. And what I did in those first few days set the pattern for my use of this thing since then. Even though I totally love my Mac (I’m a raving fan!), I’ve explored two raindrops worth of ocean so far.
The same is true of how I’d explore a new cell phone…set patterns in new relationships….even how I’m approaching the new patterns of how to preach at Connexus with video and very steeply raked seating…in the first few days of using something new, I set a pattern that I pretty much follow without much deviation from thereon in.
Think about your own patterns. Do you see a trend like that?
The pattern may be natural, but what it leaves me with is probably using a small percentage of the power of whatever I’m dealing with, like this laptop. I think the same thing is true of so much in life, including my spiritual life. Have I fallen into a place where I’m discovering .1% of God, only because my approach to God was set years ago and hasn’t varied much? What would I do differently if I really explored Him, really got to know Him differently and fully?
What about your relationship with God? Have you fallen into patterns that you know limit you to exploring a fraction of God? Just asking. But I think I’d like to chew on that personally for a few days.
By the way, later this week, I’m going to sit down with a fellow staffer and she’s going to teach me how to use some software I’ve always ignored over all these years of computing. That should be fun.
And maybe…maybe…I’ll even talk to God about exploring Him far more creatively and fully too.