When Lists Become Our Worth

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To-do lists. We all make them, whether it’s on fancy stationary, the edge of a used napkin, on the back of an old receipt or even just in our heads.

If you’re like me these lists often include cleaning tasks, reminders, bills to pay, people to contact, things to pick up at the store, places to go and just about anything else under the sun! Also, if you’re like me, you feel immense pride and joy when you can cross tasks off of your list. I don’t know what it is, but putting that little line through an item can just make me swell with pride. Strange, that such a small action can become so meaningful and fulfilling. Sometimes, I’ll even write down goals I have already accomplished, just so I can have the pleasure of crossing them off. Am I the only one?

Today, as I was crossing off items on one of my many lists (I prefer to write mine on post-its!) I thought to myself; Does accomplishing this list equal a successful day?

In theory, absolutely that means my day was successful! But should getting things done on my list be the prize I strive for before my head hits the pillow at night? Should my identity and worth be placed in what I accomplish from my lists each day? I know that when I go to bed and most of my tasks are completed, I sleep better and the following day is easier. When I leave tasks unfinished I worry and stress about when I will find time to get them done.

What if my to-do lists looked more like this:

read the Bible

cuddle with my husband

get down on the floor and play with my daughter

take a moment for myself and relax

go on a walk with my family

say a prayer for a friend in need

thank God for my many blessings

share a Bible verse on Facebook

smile all day and be positive

I think it is so easy for us to put our value in how many tasks we can accomplish or how clean our house is when we go to bed. Are those things good and necessary? Yes, but that shouldn’t be the prize, pressing on towards Jesus and growing the kingdom should be our prize.

Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

 This Bible verse reminds me that each day my goal should be Jesus, the prize should be Jesus and my to-do list should always begin, with Jesus.

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