There is just something so sweetly satisfying about checking items off of a “to-do” list. It feels like tangible accomplishment and visible success. Sometimes I start my day with a “to-do” list that includes everything from Bible study to washing the breakfast dishes to taking out the trash. Each check mark says to me “You did it! You have achieved something today!” But as I go through the motions, stimulating my own self importance with tiny little check marks, I still know this is not really what it’s all about. No matter how many times I applaud myself for putting clean sheets on the beds, dusting the den furniture or vacuuming the entire house, it’s all just a meaningless chasing after the wind. The dust will return, usually before the day is done, the dog hair will once again accumulate in the carpet and the sink will soon fill with dirty dinner dishes.
So, I try to set my eyes on God’s “to-do” list. And, while I don’t always get to mark off each milestone on a piece of notebook paper, I do try to take note of how he is using me. Sometimes, it’s an email to a friend who is having a hard day at work. Occasionally, a call comes in from another mother who needs me to pick her children up at school. More often than not, my husband and I will confer on a work project, trying to decide if we believe it is what God wants, or if we’ve put too much ego in it and Edged God Out.
All throughout our days, God is using us, partnering with us, and calling on us to help accomplish his purposes, his “to-do” list. It might not always seem like we are doing something significant. Some of the things we are asked to do may even be irritating and test our ability to spontaneously serve where we are needed. But if we are yielded to God’s purposes for our lives, he will give us a “to-do” list, and he will equip us to accomplish it.
In a world where our lives can change in an instant, what we do for God is what will last.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
to do good works, which God prepared in advance
for us to do.”
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
Can you pin point anything in your life lately that might have been on God’s “to-do” list instead of your own?
Do you find more satisfaction in accomplishing things for him than for yourself?
Sometimes it’s not whether or not God is working in our lives…but whether or not we recognize him.