Thursday, April 21, 2011

revising the to-do list

I’m a list maker….one of those people who is constantly composing a list of something;  something to do, something to buy, somewhere to be, something to cross off.  I’ve always found intense joy in the list making process and great satisfaction in checking those items off. 

But lately I’ve found myself challenged to think about my lists differently.  It’s partly Leslie’s fault, but even before I read her post on her to do list I have found God interrupting my lists and so very gently asking what in the world I was doing for him in the midst of my daily to dos.  I realized that I’m really good at tacking on items and never considering what God has to say about His plans for my day. 

I’m pulling back a bit and asking him what he thinks.  Wondering aloud what His plans for my day are.  And then I’m listening.  Because I’ve figured out this much in life:  I can do a lot of wonderful things, but none of them matter if they aren’t the one thing that God wanted me to do.  They might be fun and interesting, but they are not the reason for me to be here.  God usually has other plans for me.  Plans even better than I could dream up, and the only way for me to get to his purposes for me is to ask him to guide my every day.  The mundane and the daily grind, the sacred and the holy, and all the moments in between are opportunities for me to see his purposes revealed for me.  But I won’t get there if I don’t ask.

I will cry to God Most High, Who performs on my behalf and rewards me [Who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]! (Psalm 57:2, Amplified)

So today, in the midst of my not so quiet morning I asked.  And guess what I heard?  My spirit resonated with his voice saying, “Enjoy!  Be grateful for this day, revel in it!” 


That was enough to completely undo me, that the God of the universe wants me to enjoy my day that he created, to be grateful for it, to revel in it. 

And incidentally, I know it was God when the word revel came up.  Who uses that word?  I know I don’t, but I love the idea of taking great pleasure and delight in my day.  And that is a gift from God.  That is a picture of his grace for me, right now. 

There were other things that I added to the list, some essential housework and some other things that I know I wouldn’t have thought of if it hadn’t been for God’s prompting.  And so I guess it comes down to this:  a day spent walking in God’s purposes for me, however mundane they seem at that moment, is a day that is not wasted.

The bottom line is that God’s to do lists are always and ever better than mine. 


  1. oh my gosh. you have put this so very well! i love the way God spoke to you in His way. It's so funny that we expect his demands to be burdensome. well i do. but He is always surprising me with His freedom and blessing! i'm humbled to read your story, I recognize His voice in your life right now, and instead of feeling this "Oh Gina great job!," I feel awe for our great Lord who cares and sees us far more than we realize. It is sweet affirmation to know I am not just making this stuff up!! :)

  2. You sure aren't making this stuff up! Just this morning I read this in my daily devotional "Jesus Calling:" Walk with me in holy trust, responding to my initiatives rather than trying to make things fit your plans. I died to set you free, and that includes freedom from compulsive planning. When your mind spins with a multitude of thoughts, you cannot hear my voice. A mind preoccupied with planning pays homage to the idol of control.

    I thought this was so timely-such a great reminder!

  3. Very good...I am somewhat of a lister too, but I love the idea of taking my lists before God, asking Him before I write what is most important. Thanks for sharing this!


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