I admit it.
I am a list maker. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Lists are very helpful in keeping us organized, setting priorities, and staying on task. And some days, I just really need a list with crossed-off items on it to help me see that yes, today actually was a productive day.
Which is why on those days when I make my list, I include stuff on it that I’ve already done so I can cross them off immediately. And then have a cup of coffee.
Sometimes, though, I get a little crazy about the priority setting. Sometimes I find myself making my lists the priority instead of allowing life to happen.
I’ve made it an unofficial rule of late that when my kids are home on a school break, my routines take a break, too. I don’t worry if my house isn’t tidied by 9:30, or if I haven’t showered before lunch. I want my kids to know that they are more important than whether or not the laundry is finished or the floors are swept. (Of course, this can backfire on me when I realize at 9:37 the night before small group that it’s my turn to host and the house is in complete shambles!)
I need to work on this, though, during the rest of the year. To remember that sometimes it is more important to cuddle with my little guy than it is to get the dishes done that exact moment. Or that checking Facebook can wait when my preteen needs to talk. I am still a work in progress!
I once wrote an article eons ago about setting priorities and putting first things first. I wish I still had it, but it was on my old old desktop that I thought we had backed up, only to find it didn’t save the things I actually wanted. (Not too long ago on Twitter, someone posted that it should be the new standard for being considered grown-up to actually save things to an external hard drive. To which all I can say is Amen.) While I can’t remember all the particulars, I do remember this:
In all our list making, priority setting actions, we need to make sure that we are including Jesus in every single item.
We have a tendency to rank things in order of importance. God first, family second, work third, etc. My argument with that is you can’t compartmentalize God. You can’t say He’s first without including Him in all the other things. Rather than saying God is first, it makes more sense to say above and in and through all these things, He is.
And maybe that’s the heart of knowing our true priorities. When we allow God to be central in our lives, He helps us to set aside the things that can wait and focus on what truly matters.
Because I do enjoy a good list, check out my Organize Pinterest board, containing several that I really like. I also once designed my own list, but um, I lost that one on my old laptop, too. We really need to go shopping!