There’s a reason why guck and muck and stuck rhyme. They all share the common element of yuck.
Have you ever met someone stuck in their ways? I was labeled that the other day when my husband and sons were planning on painting my kitchen and I chose the same color.
I quickly reminded them that I decorate for each season so “off-white” is actually a creative color.
I further went on to support my claim with research. “Studies have shown that creative people prefer vanilla ice cream because there are so many possibilities with toppings!”
I come from a generational line of “same old, same old.” Sometimes it’s comforting, like the scent of my grandmother’s kitchen. Other times it becomes a cherished tradition, such as the daffodils my mother gives me each birthday.
Then there are times when it’s downright boring, to the point of aggravation.
An example would be watching my father eat the same cereal he has for decades. I want to grab the box and shout at the top of my lungs, “Dad, do you realize that there’s an entire cereal aisle of alternatives?”
The Bible offers a beautiful word that is the flipside of stuck- it’s established. Psalm 112 describes a strong Christian.
“His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is established.”
One routine that will never become a rut is reading God’s Word. It’s the “same old” book, but with never the “same old” results. It holds new insights and learning every time it is opened. It will produce strength and stability in your life, establishing spiritual roots that weather storms and even help you when you’re stuck.