“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Jesus Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
“To-Do” lists; those little lists that supposedly keep us on track, but can certainly send us rushing for cover! I like order; I like everything to be in its place. I like the feeling of accomplishment when everything on my to-do list is checked off each day. And I know from experience that if I don’t make a list, I usually forget important things that I either want or need to get done. However, the problem with any to do list is that they can quickly get out of control and become “un-doable”. And as our to-do lists grow in size we wonder how in the world we will accomplish each item?
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest in your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
We all have days when we are running on empty, and no matter how much we try to accomplish, the list of things just seem to get longer. The best solution is to set our goals and expectations in line with what God desires for our lives. I am pretty sure that the crazy stress that we feel as a result of our list is not on His list. Maybe making a “don’t-do” list is a good solution to this madness! If we focus on the desires and purposes that God has created for us, maybe we would have the ability to say “no” to some of the things we put on our agendas.
“He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. But those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
I think that we all learn over the years that it’s really not such a bad thing if everything is not in order all the time. And as difficult as this may seem, it’s time to do some list swapping and exchange our list for His list; I think that His list might look a lot different! Throughout our days God is calling us to help accomplish HIS purposes, HIS “to-do” list. And if we yield to His purpose for our lives He will equip us with everything we need to accomplish it. It takes discipline to truly spend time doing what is worthy, and instead of trying to ration out our physical and emotional energy to all the commitments we make for ourselves, we need to listen, rest, and be filled with Him. God’s list is very short, but His grace is never ending! And when we spend time with God and allow Him to write our to-do list, the other important things end up getting done as well.
Remember: no matter what you have on YOUR to-do list today, spending time with YOU is at the top of HIS list!
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