Ruminations on Rhythm & Life

Do you have any rituals? Last week, I wrote about about how I would love to find a steady “rhythm” to my daily existence. Do any of you have that? Is it realistic to desire that? My roommate Tim gets up most every morning at around the same time, makes a french press of coffee and sits out our kitchen table and reads his giant red-leather ESV Study Bible. I love that. It’s weird whenever I come downstairs and he’s had to go to work early or something and isn’t doing that.

Me? A couple of days ago, I actually got to bed sort of early (for me) at around 11:15. I set my alarm for 7am, knowing I had to walk out the door by 8am. I figured I could take a shower and have some time to just relax and maybe pray or read my own Bible in the morning (for the first time in God knows how long).

Instead, my body gloriously wakes up on its own at 6:30am, but I don’t take advantage of this; I just roll over and go back to sleep, pressing snooze until 7:18. I wake up and then (for some very weird reason) forget that this day was one of my 8:30 days and not my one weekly 8am day. I say a bunch of curse words (thinking I have to be out the door by 7:30), roll out of bed, throw some clothes in the dryer (to unwrinkle them–yay bachelor’s life!) and take a seven-ish minute shower. I get out, get dressed, and walk out the door and into my car by 7:38.

About 5 minutes into my ride, I realize I was half an hour early for my shift.

But regardless, the damage had already been done. My day had begun in a flurry of “busyness” and my heart felt the restlessness this causes; the restlessness I want to fight against; the restlessness I feel keeps me from resting in my Father and knowing him deeply.

Can anyone else relate? This definitely marks more of my days than not.

I want rhythm in my life. I’m good at “melody” and “harmony” in a sense (If I can push the metaphor that far), but suck at rhythm. Rhythm is still movement and action, but it’s a consistency that creates the foundation for freedom in the melody. I don’t want to get rid of my “improvisational” style of living, I just want to do it in the rhythm of things.

What about all of you? Any rhythm? Any ritual? Any consistencies or not?

Any tips on how to cultivate rhythm into my own life?


3 thoughts on “Ruminations on Rhythm & Life

  1. Woe Paul sometimes you got to accept the sovereignty of the Creator who made you so rythmles (rim shot). Just kidding. I too love a great beat. I remember last spring for four months strait I got up around 4:15 or 5:14 went to the gym & worked out for like an hour or so to Gospel hip hop or listened to an audio book. This went on six days a week. I would tell myself I need this for my life to exist for physical and spiritual health. I would think to myself that I would burn this fat and make a sweet aroma in the nostrils of the Lord. My brother came by for a week and it ended. Why because some other things in my life were suffering (I am a man who does not know autonomous tidiness). I love a routine. I love the thrill of a new adventure. Which do I love more? Time will tell. After all we (humans) learn by repetition. I don’t think I started to appreciate it until I was in the full swing of it.


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