To-Do List

Grocery shopping. Pay bills. School drop-off/pick-up. After school activities. Make appointments. Cancel appointments. Paperwork. Prepare dinner. Laundry. Clean house. Take car for service. …..and the list can goes on and on.

You know. That dreaded ‘To-Do’ list.

 Some days the to-do list can seem endless. And many times, we allow ourselves to be obsessed with the idea that the list must be completed by the end of the day. As a result, we become very overwhelmed and weary, inhibiting our accomplishments. While some of the items are on a deadline, many are not. So why get so frustrated over the small details?
 
 In the grand scheme of life, the frustrations of our day-to-day responsibilities are mere trifles. Jesus told us not to worry about anything; reminding us that if God would take care of the grass in the field, He will surely take care of us!
 
So, let’s re-arrange our to-do list.
         #1. Put our faith in God and allow Him in every part of our lives.
         #2. Thank God for the blessings of our lives.
         #3. Invite God into the small details of our lives.
         #4. Do not be anxious.
         #5. Enjoy new daily blessings and successes.
 

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:30-34

Seasons

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

My favorite season has always been summer! Long days, warm evenings, and blue skies are just perfect for me. But seasons change and soon fall is here.

I never enjoyed fall because I dreaded the ushering in of cooler temperatures, shorter days, and…..winter on its heels. That’s right, I wouldn’t enjoy fall because of my dread of cold, bleak-looking winter!

Finally, I realized my silliness.  Now, I try hard to enjoy the many facets of the fall season AND early winter: beautiful foliage, pumpkin patch, fall festivals, hot chocolate, Thanksgiving,  and Christmas. (But honestly, here in the south, we are usually having a heat wave around Christmas!)

God gives nature the fours seasons to plant, nurture, harvest, and renew just as He gives us four seasons of life: birth, growth, harvest, and death. And within those major seasons are many small experiences that He gives us ( and nature)with specific timing and purpose. While we may not like the season we are in, faith in God will enable us to peacefully embrace the season, accepting His timing and purpose.

If we rebel against God’s timing, we miss out on so many precious joys. Our seasons change but God does not. HE is the same yesterday today, and forever.

Today, I pray for God to give you the strength, patience and joy needed to embrace your current season.