Business as Usual?
June 18, 2015, 12:08 PM


I very much enjoyed my time in class over the last two weeks – I am sure I learned something…

But, alas, that old constant, routine, is doing its best to make sure I don’t reflect and remember and renew based on what I learned. 

Routines are great things when you have a limited amount of time and need to use it efficiently.  They are also a good way to strengthen our spiritual muscles.  Establishing a place and time for regular prayer, silence, meditation, Scripture, or other practices helps us actually engage in them. 

But routines also can blind us to the changes we might be called to make in our lives.  If we have a “settled routine,” we are less likely to respond to new needs or new ideas.  This is the undeniable power behind the famous phrase, “We’ve never done that before!”

We also tend to complain about routines that we don’t control: such as having to attend a staff meeting at 8:00 a.m. on a Monday each week.

Like most things, routines have their good points and their bad points.

If we stick with “business as usual” in the church, the church will fade away into obscurity and never be missed…unless “business as usual” is anything but what that phrase usually implies.

Business as usual is not solving racial tensions in America.  Business as usual is not solving homelessness or drug addiction or poor education or poverty.   But if we change to a new routine, one that takes notice of the things that work and the things that don’t and adjusts accordingly, then we stand a chance of making things better. 

The first unusual thing to make routine is listening to those whose lives are different from our own.  We can only do that if we walk out our door and meet others where they are, in their usual places, and spend time listening, really listening to their stories, their hopes and dreams, their fears and aspirations.

We need not feel threatened by any change, because we know that we – and those we meet – are loved by God, loved more than we can ever ask or imagine, loved with the power of stars, with the depth of black holes, with the strength of mustard seeds, and with the wholeness of God’s very being.