I like a to-do list. I make one almost every day.
Nothing fancy. Just any old scrap of paper or note pad will do.
It’s suppose to keep me on task.
Point me in the right direction.
Sometimes I write it out neatly, but more times than most I just jot things down off my calendar.
I’ll even put times beside my tasks. Not that I keep to them exactly.
Then I check things off as I do them.
At the end of the day I even add some things I did that weren’t originally on my list.
I check those off too!
It makes me feel good – like I’ve gotten more accomplished.
I love to see the checks down the page.
Check. Check. Check!
It gives me a sense of empowerment.
While I’m working my way through my day’s to-do list I get so caught up in getting things done and checking them off that I can forget what’s most important.
Colossians 3:23 reminds me, whatever it is I do, I need to do it with all my heart, as if I’m working for the Lord rather than people.
With this verse in mind I must ask myself, “Did what I do today point people to Jesus?
Did I do my to-do in such way that people could see Him in me?
If they didn’t, do I need to re-think what I’m doing or how I’m doing it?
Yes. And yes!
If your like me and feel that heart pinch …
Join me in putting this little prayer at the top of your to-do list tomorrow and every day thereafter:
Lord, it doesn’t matter what I do, if I don’t do it all for You.
Oh what a perspective change, direction change, those few words can make in our day. In our week.
Dear Lord, I confess that even when I spend time with You first thing in the morning I sometimes leave You off the rest of my to-do list. I don’t always engage in tasks or relationships keeping You in mind. May I do all things for your glory only. In Jesus name, Amen.