I’m a list guy. Some of you have already stopped reading because of that fact. I will put something on my list that I’ve already done just to cross it off and feel the accomplishment. I know. I’m sick, right? Pray for me.
I’m also a guy who loves routine. Those characteristics often go together, don’t they? I love having a similar pattern each day, each season and each year.
However, that is not why I am writing on this topic. As a dad, a friend, a manager, a coach and a leader, whether you’re wired that way or not, a healthy daily routine is very important. Here are three reasons why:
1) Good habits drive good behavior. Why do people eat healthy food and stay in great shape? Most of them have a daily routine of eating well and exercising. It’s become a habit to them.
2) Most of us have very busy lives, and the important — but not urgent — gets driven out. In 2014, most of us seem to live in the urgent quadrants of our lives. However, a lot of what’s urgent is not really all that important in the big scheme of life. If we let the busyness of our lives drive our daily routines, then we are going to miss out on the great adventures and plans that God has for each of us.
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3) The tortoise wins the race. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Insert your own cliché. But, they are right on. I’m trying to lose weight right now and am off to a pretty good start. I’m doing it differently this time, however. I’m not concentrating on trying to lose 20 pounds in the next four days with a magic pill. I’m really focusing on doing the right things day in and day out. The way to make an impact in this life is to do the right things, the right way, every day.
We all need the type of daily discipline described in 1 Corinthians 9:27: “No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
Don’t be disqualified as a leader because of a lack of daily discipline in the most important things. What reasons would you add to this list?
Live well. Lead well.
Eric Rojas loves his role as the executive pastor of Christ Community Church in St. Charles, IL, where he oversees a staff of 120 and serves alongside Senior Pastor Jim Nicodem. He has been on staff at CCC since 2000.
During his 20+ years of ministry, Rojas has served in churches as a youth pastor, adult ministries pastor, small groups pastor, associate pastor, worship pastor and men’s pastor.
He is a contributing author for Group Publishing’s Men’s Ministry in the 21st Century and has written for various magazines and websites.
Rojas also serves the church-at-large through consulting and seminar presenting.
He has been married to his wife, Rachel, for 22 years. They have 3 children — Luke, 21; Adam, 19; and Chloe, 17.
A man of faith, Rojas believes that next year is the year the Cubs will finally win the World Series.