“To-Do” or “To-Be” List
Part of my morning routine is to sit down and review my ongoing to-do list. There is always a running list of at least 10, though usually closer to 20 tasks that need attention. I realize I cannot accomplish everything in one day. So, I try to find three most important tasks that I want to accomplish today. These three are my “must get done today items.” I will use extra time in the day to accomplish other tasks on the list. This process has worked for me for some time now. I am able to prioritize my day and minimize distractions. So I often ask myself at the beginning of the day, “what do I want to do today?”
But, God challenged me recently. In my heart, I felt the question come back. “Who do I want to be today?” In my push to get things done, I was not asking who God desired to me to become. I looked back at my to do list and found many of the items that seemed most important were only priority for others. Now, if I had unlimited time, talent, and resources I could accomplish everything. But I don’t, and neither do you. So with our time, talent, and resources how do you and I figure out what is most important?
We determine what to do based on who God desires us to be.
The ministry, work, individual, and community God has called us to grow into defines how we can best use our limited time, talent, and resources. Whether the to-do list item is preparing a corporate budget to writing “thank you” cards, we must ask, who are these tasks making me into? I want to be a person who expresses gratefulness for others, so “thank you” cards are important. I also want to be faithful of the fiscal resources God has provided in my work, so I will labor over a budget for accountability, among other reasons.
What do the things we do say about who we are? What do they say about who God has made and called us to be? In Matthew 5, Jesus tells the crowds, “You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world.” Before telling the crowds what they should do, Jesus told them who they are. Then He goes on to say, “No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” First be, then do. We accomplish this through prayer, and over time, as God reveals His plans within our own life.
How do you prioritize your to-do list? Leave a comment, I am interested to know your thoughts. Thanks!