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To Do Lists


I love lists! I love writing lists, ticking off items on lists; and adding things I've already done to lists! Last year I first heard the phrase "only God gets to complete His to-do list" - well I don't know about you, but one part of me agreed whilst another part strongly disagreed!

Yesterday I read this on Carolyn Mahaney's brilliant Girltalk blog:
"When CJ leaves for work at the end of the day, he tells Tony, his assistant, and Nora, his secretary: “We’ll try again tomorrow,”

That’s short for: “Well friends, we worked hard today, but once again we failed to accomplish everything we hoped. Maybe we even made mistakes, used poor judgment, or experienced setbacks. We are frail and finite creatures. Only God gets His to-do list done. And only God does it perfectly, every day. So, let’s humbly acknowledge our weakness and insufficiency in contrast to His strength and sovereignty. But let’s not give up in despair. If God wills, let’s come back tomorrow and by His grace, do our best to serve Him faithfully, for His glory!”
Let’s try again tomorrow."

Wow! ok I get it - I am finite I am weak - there is grace from God to start again, there is grace to fail, there is GRACE to not complete my to-do list! I liked this quote so much I cut and pasted it into my diary - to daily remind me that my life is in His hands.; that I am weak and he is strong..and that there is grace. May you know grace.

Comments

irene m said…
I am daily thankful for the "tomorrows" in my life....good to see you back in blogland....
SueR said…
I too like lists - including adding already done things just so that I can tick them off. Being ill has meant my list of stuff to do is getting bigger and I will have a full inbox to add in to the mix too when I get back. I know that I won't get it all done on the first, second or even third day, so I like that I can try again tomorrow, tomorrows are a true gift, luv ya
Val Cottee said…
I thought that writing lists was a sign of getting old?! Now I know it isn't. As you can imagine I am constantly writing lists these days and then my grandchildren arrive and scribble all over them. I wonder then what was so important to write it down!
KarenM said…
I admire list makers, I think it is a really good practice, but I am really bad at it. On the odd occasion I have ever successfully made one(usually shopping lists) I find them in my pocket having done the shopping without them, or realise, as I am walking around the supermarket how incomplete the list is, and start free styling along the aisles as I remember all the things I have forgotten to write down!
I still feel the sting of the things yet undone though, not sure how that works... Random collisions on neural pathways... often just as I'm going to sleep followed by a few minutes of fretting and thinking about an action plan, until sleep finally claims me... maybe I should write it down...
Eiz said…
I've always been a listy person (so it's definitely not due to being old, Val! :-) Maybe it has something to do with 'Acheiver' being one of my top strengths. I rarely finish everything on a list, but I get stressed trying to remember everything. It just calms me being able to write it down to free up space in my head! Like you say, thank God for the grace of tomorrow!

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