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18th August 2020

Magnificent Monotony

During August, I have invited some guests to contribute to the blog page. This week, we hear from Andy Floyd, who leads our Lee site.

‘Do it again’ has become a familiar refrain in the Floyd household over the last few months. With four young children battling for our attention, Sarah and I have become experts at spinning, dancing, building, puzzle-making and storytelling, on repeat ad infinitum! Don’t get me wrong, there have been some delightful and precious moments among the craziness, but the overriding feeling has often been one of exhaustion. Repetition has that effect on the adult mind, but for young children there seems to be genuine zest for ‘doing it again’.

In these days of restriction we can very quickly see monotony as the enemy of a full life. We become weary of the same old routines and the same four walls. This new normal doesn’t seem like a very exciting normal. But there seems to be something in God that rejoices in the normal, repetitious, dare we say, mundane moments of life.

The well-known Christian thinker, G.K. Chesterton, put it like this:

'A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.’

It’s wonderful to think that our glorious, beautiful, loving Father delights in the repetition of what He has made. This is in no small part what Psalm 19:1-2 says:

'The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.'

In the day-to-day experience of everyday life, boredom / weariness / exhaustion / loneliness (delete as appropriate) need not be inevitable. Every day we can choose thankfulness and childlike wonder and a faith-filled outlook, as we live our lives exulting in monotony rather than wishing this season would come to an end.

Let’s delight in God today and find such fullness of life in Him that, like my kids, we find ourselves declaring, “Do it again!”


Andy Floyd is a pastor at King's and leads the Lee site.  He is married to Sarah and they have four young children.

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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.

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