When the O is out of control, there is bound to be a breaking point in the near future.
What do I mean?
When the things that we do day in and day out circle out of control, we may reach a break point in the process.
Most people have routines. For women, many times it involves getting up early, getting the children ready for school, getting ourselves ready for work, returning home from work, cooking dinner and completing household chores, driving the children to extracurricular activities, attending evening meetings or serving at our local church, and the list goes on and on…………
The circular routine varies occasionally, but on most days, it’s rote.
For me, several of the initial O’s are near perfect in formation. The pencil is never lifted. There is no interruption. No break in the routine.
In the beginning, it’s sustainable. In the beginning, it’s somewhat satisfying. In the beginning, it’s safe. In the beginning, it’s the only solution. Develop a routine and form the O in nearly the same place every day with a decisive whisk of the pencil.
But even the best made routine can spiral into chaos when we fail to make Christ the center of our ordinary.
The consequence: we break!
We cannot function day to day in good spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health without going back through the center. And that Center is Jesus Christ.
The cursive J reminds us that all our efforts must begin with the right origin: Christ. Three times does the pencil cross the center: at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end. This is an awesome reminder to us that we should begin our day with Christ, make time for Him in the middle of our day, and spend time with Him at the end of our day.
No more routine O’s, which have no center point and tend to spiral out of control as we repeat the process day in and day out. The break point is inevitable in such cases. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). He is the answer to the mental and spiritual angst of a daily routine gone haywire.
Frequent the Center.
Jesus Christ: The Center of it all.