“I’ve got to do a bunch of stuff today God and it’s really gettin’ to me!”
“What have you got to do son?”
“I’ve got to go to prayer. I’ve got to call like 20 people. I’ve got to finish the editing project my friend sent me. I’ve got to water the gardens. I’ve got to walk the dogs. I’ve got to write to a list of missionaries a mile long. I’ve got to prepare youth group lessons and blogs and I have all this studying You said I had to do.”
” Do you like studying son?”
“Yes God I do.”
“Do you like preparing lessons and writing blogs son?”
“It’s one of my favorite things in the whole world.”
“Son, do you like writing letters to missionaries?”
“I love your missionaries God. Praying for them and encouraging them is very rewarding.”
” I thought you loved gardening and the dogs. That’s why I gave them to you.”
“Oh I do love them God.”
“And prayer don’t you love praying?”
“I do God. It’s like my breath!”
“Then you haven’t got to do these things, J. You get to do them.”
“You’re right God but there’s so many things on my list. I feel like I can never get all the things done today no matter how much I like them!”
“Then stop living as if it all has to get done today. Live like forever is yours son, because it is.”
Pastor J, thank you for sharing this.
I’m up earlier than normal today and for the most part, I’ve been thinking about all the things I have to do and the time I don’t have …I’m glad I stopped here this morning. 🙂
Ann, My prayer for you today is that amidst all the labor you would find the Sabbath rest that remains for God’s people!
I went back to bed shortly after reading your post 🙂 I didn’t get much done and the earth is still spinning. I did rest , thank you. I fell asleep talking to Him. It felt good to go slow. I don’t do that very often – at least not as often as I need to 🙂
Blessings and more
You’re welcome. Be blessed.
Thanks for sharing this … it is easy to get overwhelmed with the list of “to-dos” — God is often re-framing my outlook on those lists. It amazes me how much rest Jesus displayed when He knew He had only 3 years of ministry. He never appeared to be in a rush. He took time to talk with others. He made time to be in stillness with His Father – He set a good example. If He doesn’t rush around – neither should we. We should trust and do what God wants us to do today – and take heed to how we spend our time, because it is really His time, isn’t it?
A-men sister! May the Lord find us “redeeming the time” by going at His pace and not the world’s
I am not much for to-do lists–mine are more like maybe today lists. Somehow the need to do’s get done and there is still time to enjoy the want to do stuff.
For me the to do list is a good thing. I am pretty much a couch potato without it. But it’s when my to-do gets longer than my to-day that I run into trouble. Thanks for reading.
Okay, that was good… and maybe just a bit convicting too. 🙂
Thanks Nicole. I hope you “get to” do all the blessed things God has for you this weekend! 🙂
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