On day 1 of “Rhythms” I addressed the need for a healthy and consistent “budget” for your time and energy. Yesterday, we saw what that can look like on a weekly basis. Today’s subject is healthy daily rhythms.
I don’t see “rhythms” as a rigid daily or weekly schedule. As I’ve said in previous posts, rhythms are like a budget. In your financial budget, if one area requires a little more resource one month, you are forced to take those dollars from another area. You don’t have an unlimited supply of money. It is the same with time and energy. If one area in your day or week requires a little more attention, you should be pulling from somewhere else. If it’s something on the daily side, perhaps you make that up the next day. If it’s weekly, let’s say circumstances don’t allow you to rest properly one week, then the following week you should work to address that need.
2) Bible study
3) Human connection
Prayer: If you don’t have the time or energy to pray daily, you are on a dangerous deficit path. If prayer has become an obligation or an activity shrouded in guilt-driven emptiness, your rhythm is off. There are a number of creative ways to engage in your prayer life, and you can pray anywhere and anytime. Prayer is a huge necessity in the daily rhythm of every Christian.
Bible study: This can take a number of forms, but we must certainly be “in the word” daily. For those in a ministry teaching role, if your time in the word is only in preparation for a ministry obligation, you are running a deficit. I have found Bible memorization to be one of the best ways to stay “in rhythm” daily in this area. Like prayer, when you memorize Scripture, you can be in the word anywhere and anytime.
Human connection: This obviously looks different for each person, depending on family dynamics and stage of life. There are times when we should be in solitude, but connecting with other humans is a vital aspect of a healthy rhythm.
Productivity: This means preparation, planning, and work. The only times that should be exempt from productivity are intentional times (days) of rest. Recovery time doesn’t have to be overly productive either, and productivity doesn’t have to be work-related, in fact on recovery/rest days it shouldn’t be (see the weekly rhythms blog (Rhythms Part 2) for clarification on these terms).
Rest: Daily, this means sleep. If you’re not sleeping 8-9 hours a night, you’re setting yourself up for a deficit.