"In the morning, O LORD, I lay my requests before you and wait in
expectation." (Psalm 5:3)
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you." (Psalm 32:8)
Saturday mornings, when our kids were growing up, were often designated as house cleanup and yard work time. If the list of chores was lengthy, we'd give them one thing to do and tell them to check back with us when they'd finished. Then we'd give them the next thing to do, and then to check back again. Worked well getting through the list that way.
Last night when I was getting dinner ready I was getting myself crazy stopping to change, edit, and rearrange the lists and schedules I had on the counter. I actually had entered many of the things on the lists on my phone notepad and transferred them. Not only was I feeling OCD doing and redoing all this, to make it worse I was updating the kitchen wall calendar with each change, including other family members appointments. Maybe you can relate? Or perhaps you are one of the folks who carry schedules and appointments in your head. Either way, the to-do list is never-ending.
Later in the evening I was reading from a devotional book. The daily message was about how we tend to write and obsess over our lists and plans, and it was like a neon sign went on in my head. In essence, it said that God has everything in control for each day, just let Him handle all the schedules.
After letting that thought sink in some, my plan now is:
- Keep it simple.
- Surrender to God and his plans.
- Check in with Him in the morning.
- Check back with Him throughout the day for the next thing.
I have no illusions about getting it perfect right off, since I am a recovering list person. However I do plan to stick with trying to carry this out, and I believe that checking back will be the ticket to a whole lot less frustration and to-do nutsiness. God's got a plan.
That's good news.
Sally I Kennedy
Inspirational messages by Sally I. Kennedy