Whether they are called Honey-do’s or To Do Lists, I’m sure you have one, written or mental. For some reason, the one I have keeps getting longer every day, not shorter. Despite taking the time to complete a task, it seems another pops right on, with an occasional second chore with it.
Whether work, school, personal, or even church related, these tasks can interfere with our life. Notice I didn’t say these tasks ARE our life. When we allow THINGS or to-do’s to control our lives, then we are in trouble. Take for instance the important things in life. Do you schedule them? Do you write down “spend time with son playing outside” as a task that needs done this week? Or do you list “tuck daughter in at night and say bedtime prayers” as a recurring nightly event?
I hope not, unless you have serious memory problems. So why is it then that we don’t get everything done on our list? Is it because we are poor planners? Or procrastinators?
I think the answer may be answered by scripture:
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2 (NIV)
You see, when we allow the world and things to control our life, we have lost sight of the important things like God, family, church, friends, etc.
I thank God that I have a great family, a wonderful church, and amazing friends. I am also thankful for our house, our things, and what God has provided, but those things are truly secondary.
Recently, Kimberly asked me to finish 2 rooms downstairs in our basement so that at the start of the new school year, she would have adequate room to begin 2nd grade with Wesley. What I’ve discovered is that I’m not going to finish both, but I will finish one to the extent that school can begin on time. But at the same time, I must balance family and (personal) work.
I can’t tell you how much time to spend daily on stuff, and how much on family. This is what the Bible says:
“But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” – 1 Timothy 5:8 (ESV)
Provisions include not just food and shelter, but also love. Love cannot just be verbalized, but must be shown in the form of time spent with them.
Are you missing life? Act now, there are no do-overs!