I love a good list

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Lists are my friends.

I make a list every morning before the day starts.  Every day people!  Sometimes I think its a good thing and sometimes I wish my brain could just shut off for a day.  I’m so scheduled that if I want to have rest or a day off I have to actually schedule it and prepare for it.  My planner is always out so I know what has to be done in the next couple of days.

The desire for a list can often consume me with feeling like if I make the list and it gets accomplished than I succeeded.  I did what I was supposed to do, and somewhere someone is applauding me and recognizing all of my completed tasks.  It doesn’t matter if I complained or had a bad attitude, the job got done.

Thankfully God doesn’t keep a list, he doesn’t keep track of what we have done.  (Lets be honest here, that would super stressful for me!)  He doesn’t have our weekly planners uploaded to His server, double checking if we have accomplished everything He intended for us.  He simply just wants our hearts – He wants our hearts to love Him and to love others.  No pressures to cross off the lists.  No pressure to be “doing” every day of every week.

I often confuse the two and think that if I just do more – than God is happy with how much I am “doing” for Him.  I start believing that I can keep God satisfied if the “God” box is continually checked off.  I served, task completed, God is pleased.

Every day I have to remind myself that its not about me.  It’s not about what I do.  It’s not about what I can accomplish for God.  It’s not about what other people see me doing.  Its more about my heart.

Its about me understanding that God is first pleased when my heart and mind align, and the purest form of love is passed to everyone around me.  My “being with God” needs to be right before my “doing” pleases Him.

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Comments

  1. laurie walle says:

    I, too, am a list maker! A multiple list maker! I realized a year or so ago that, when my husband and I shared at the end of the day, we always reported we had a “good” day if we got a lot of tasks accomplished during the day. I believe the Holy Spirit spoke to me that it was a pretty lame attitude. Now I try to stay on track with God and the Holy Spirit throughout the day and report more about the “value” of my day, “God sightings,” and Holy Spirit weaving His way in and out of my life during the day instead of strictly basing the interpretation of the day on logistics. Should I put that on my lists?

  2. I love this post. Especially convicting is the idea of adding God to the list of boxes we check off! Thanks for sharing this:)

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