Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's Always the Little Things

Pad of Paper & Pen In the past two weeks the Lord has really been impressing upon me the need to use my time wisely.  Last week I had been feeling the pressure of the various things I needed to complete, but I didn't feel like I had the time to even sit down and come up with a solution to manage my time.  Unless you count last Thursday when I wasted good time and then felt guilty afterward.  {ahem!}

This week started off the same, until the Lord made it evident to me that I really do have time to do the things I need to do.  I just got my priorities out of whack.  If we do the necessary things first, then the rest will fall into place.

First thing in the mornings I've begun to do something as simple as writing down on paper the studying and reading I must get done that day for the ministries and Bible studies I'm involved in during the week.  I couldn't believe the difference it made. 

Really?  Could it be that simple? 

I can look at that short list and know about how much time it should take me to finish my work after I get home in the afternoon.  For some reason, having it down in print makes it easier to assess how much time I will need to spend. 

I know all you list makers and organizing junkies out there are scoffing at me right now.  Listen, I have never been a list person, and I didn't really want to become one.  It's probably the "recovering" perfectionist in me.  If I were to fail at completing the tasks on the list, I would give up.  And then I'd get frustrated.  And mad.

It's just that I'm now seeing the value to doing this one little thing, and I'm pretty sure that the Lord directed me in it.  Typically, if I do something opposite of what I would normally do, I know it's the Lord who's prompted me. 

And if I didn't start using the list, I think I would continue living with guilt day after day for not doing the needful things.  So a list, albeit a small one, will be assimilated into my life.

It's all about the baby steps, you know?



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  1. Yes. It's all about the baby steps. I love lists. I need them actually. But sometimes I even let my lists just sit there and use "I don't have enough time" as an excuse. I really need to focus more on the short-list instead of the long-list.

    Great post! Have a wonderful day!

  2. Thanks for the post, Liz. I live by my lists; I probably need to take a baby step by NOT looking at my lists so much.

    But either way, I get where you're coming from. One of my biggest complaints is that "I don't have enough time." But God always gives us enough time to do what he wants us to do. You're being very wise in measuring your time for studying and being with Him.



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