I used to play a lot of golf and really enjoyed it. I am a competitive person and I thrived on being teamed with my good buddy Duane and playing against another two-person team. I was my best when I followed my “pre-set routine” and was really relaxed. Having a regular “rhythm” allowed me to perform my best under pressure.

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1:35 ESV). Jesus had His rhythms, too. He had His calendar in order—perfectly in line with what God wanted.

Jesus also had many days of pressure, real pressure, not like I faced on the golf course. Can you even imagine the trials He faced—including many we don’t know about—to knock Him off the course God had him on?

What role did rhythms play in His life? What role can my rhythms play in my life to help me with the challenges I face?

Jesus came down to earth for many things, one to be a perfect role model for me and for you. In addition to my golf routine, I have a morning routine, but sometimes it feels like a dull boring practice that I labor through in order to check the box and feel somewhat good about myself.

I need God to refuel me each morning, give me perspective and talk to me. I need to feel His presence. I need time to thank God for giving me breath, at least for the moment. It doesn’t work this way all of the time, but when it does, it’s amazing and I feel like I’m ready to tackle my day. I have tried to skip my morning routine and something always goes wrong—I end up either irritable, anxious or just plain upset with something or someone.

I am very curious to know if there are other rhythms I could adopt that would prepare me for when I meet Him one day. Feel free to share your ideas. What are the rhythms you see as important to help you become all that God wants you to be?

I want so badly to mirror my King Jesus and rise early in the morning and pray to my Heavenly Father.

I try and think often of what I need to give up or say no to in order to make Jesus my priority.

What are somethings that you have given up to make Jesus your priority like Jesus made God the Father His priority?

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