Sorry, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I’ve been pretty busy this last month: Christmas break, slaying dragons, fighting zombies—it’s been pretty hectic. But school’s back in session, which means it’s time to fall back into routine—habit.
Habits, as humans, we tend to fall into a routine, don’t we? I mean, here’s my routine in a typical day:
- Wake up at 8 a.m.—ugh!
- Brush teeth
- Get dressed—(getting rid of stinky breath is much more important than clothes)
- Skip breakfast—bad habit—go to class
- Homework or Work—depending on the day
- Surf Facebook
- More homework
- Fall asleep to Netflix—12 or 1 a.m.
Sounds exciting doesn’t it! I know, I’m living the life.
This is my routine, my habits—of course, there are some variations depending on the day/classes of that day, but for the most part, this is my life in a nutshell . . .
We all have a routine, but is that necessarily a good thing? Sure, it makes life easy, predictable, but does it make our lives epic? I mean, if a film director walked up to you right now and asked, “Can we make a movie of your life?” would you want to say yes? I wouldn’t (unless I was a costar, I mean, I know a lot of interesting people who would make a better role for the main).
[Borrowing from Donald Miller here] We’re all living stories—but what kind of stories are we living? Indiana Jones type lives! or predictable college kid? I challenge you, break your routine, and live a better story.
Now, I’m not talking about getting dressed before you brush your teeth—shocker! Or Facebook before homework—didn’t see that one coming. But: sitting next to the new kid in the lunch room, or listen to the tale of the hitchhiker in the Wal Mart parking lot as you feed him a sandwich, or taking a homeless man skydiving! YOLO—make the most of it.
Tired of your life—change it! Make it the life that you want. Now, I’m not saying forget school or work, because they are important—but don’t let them keep you from truly living your life. Find small chunks of time in your day where you can squeeze in something frabjous! And you want to know an awesome secret—the more you live your life for others instead of yourself, the more you become involved in other people’s lives, the more epic your story will become! I mean, how exciting would Lord of the Rings be if Frodo only met five other characters?
Change your habits—break the routine—say goodbye to your comfort zone—and make your story epic!
My challenge to you—pray this prayer:
“Lord, rock my world! Turn my life into an epic story!”
(WARNING: This prayer will have dangerous side effects; only pray it if you really mean it.)