Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Master List

So, I'm preparing to 'go over the river and through the woods' to my grandparents' house in Wheeling, West Virginia. Eeesh... it is times like this, when I am preparing for a trip, that I am forced to admit that I am a hopeless list-maker. I just cannot seem to travel (or do anything else) without my beloved to-do lists.

For example, I have a list on what I am packing in my 'check bag', my carry-on bag and my purse. I'm compiling my list for the books I want to take (on an index card, thank you very much) and for the dvd's I'm planning to take. I also have a to-do list for all that I have to get accomplished before Sunday night roles around... If you were wondering, making those other lists was on my "Master List."

But, as I have been compiling my lists, another thought has come to me... What else should be on my daily 'to-do' list every day? More to the point, does my daily 'to-do' list reflect the real 'Master List?'

By that, I mean THE Master's List...

Now,I'm not saying that God is sitting up in heaven with a great big ol spiral writing down all the things that I should or should not be doing... what I am saying is that there are certain things that He says that I am to do every day... things that should never, ever be off of my to-do list...

Spending time in the Word... something that I never do enough of. Another item on the list, spending time every day in prayer... I am so guilty of not. That leads me to another; taking all my worries and fears... all my insecurities, as well as all my hopes and joys to my Father.

That makes me think of the way I treat other people... I'm told in the Living Word of my Lord, that I am to love and forgive people. I'm told to watch my mouth and my heart... I'm told to do good to and for others........ something I admit my failing at, particularly when I feel hurt.

Another number on the list: Being good steward of my time, my money and my talents.... ick.... that just smarts to think about. This, in particular, I'd love to cross off my list- permanently. That, alas.... is because of how mightily I struggle with it. But... that leads me to....

Trusting the Lord with all my heart and not leaning on my own understanding. In ALL my ways, acknowledging Him & He promises to make my paths straight.

Just something I was thinking about... not rocket science or anything and (most likely) highly redundant for peeps who are reading. But, hey, it struck me mightily and I thought I'd share. And, now, I am off to work on my lists.... creating and doing!

1 comment :

Wendy said...

Thanks, chica! I really needed to hear that. Just because people are going to seminary doesn't mean that we don't stumble sometimes in making sure that we are in the Word daily and setting aside time to talk to our heavenly Father. I'm so thankful that our God is the God of 2nd, 3rd, 4th... infinite chances. Thanks for allowing the Holy Spirit to speak through you to my heart. Love ya! <><