I’m constantly tempted by my to-do list. I’m tempted to continually add to one, and to write tasks that I’ve accomplished on the list, just so I can see what I’ve gotten done.
But what I regularly forget is that the to-do list is my tool, not my master. It’s there to help my brain de-clutter, to help me stay focused on what needs to be started or finished, or where I need to make progress.
I often treat my to-do list like it owns me, forgetting that I’m bigger than the list, and I can actually make it do what I want it to do.
One of the ways I’ve been fighting the temptation to be owned by the list, is to brain-dump the tasks that are weighing heaviest on me, or the things that seem to loom large for the day. And then once I’m done writing down all of them, I take a moment to pray over the list, to commit it to the Lord.
I often pray that God would strengthen me to accomplish what’s needed for the day, confessing that I know I need His power to glorify Him with my list. I pray that my family would be blessed as I do what’s most necessary, and that I would prioritize my people over my jobs. Because, at the end of the day, I don’t just want a list with items checked off. I want to be praying, your kingdom come, your will be done, in my home as it is in heaven.
His will, done in my life and in my home. That’s the check mark that actually matters.
This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday link-up.