This, That, and The Other!

Johnna-thumbI decided to make a short list last night of things I really needed to get done this week.   After jotting down 13 items that needed my attention, I was struck with that old familiar feeling . . . despair, as to how I am going to get everything done.  I looked at my list of this, that, and the other.  I felt like quitting before I even got started.  Do you ever feel that way?

I started feeling philosophical (as dangerous as that can be!).  I started rethinking all my priorites, but nothing on the list was anything I felt like could be left off.  Sigh.  I just went to bed.

This morning I began reading my Bible.  As I was reading, the list came back to mind.  But before I could get all bent out of shape, I remembered something.  It was something that I was sure the enemy hoped I wouldn’t remember!  I recalled several times in the past when the Lord blessed my list.  That’s right!  I said, the Lord blessed my list!  But here is the order of how it happened:

1 — I gave the Lord ample time in the morning.

2 — I told Him about the list, and how I could not manage it all on my own.

3 — I began working on the list, and looked back that night in amazement!

Some people are probably rolling their eyes right now, thinking: “You just had a productive day.”  On the contrary.  I have started many days thinking that I would manhandle my list on my own, and let the Lord wait.  But you know what invariably would happen?  I was ill-tempered and selfish about getting things done.  I am sure I got stuff done at the expense of many other important things and people.  There is a lot of pressure in relying on your own strength.  But there is a fantastic release when you have placed your life, your day, and your list in God’s hands.

This “more productive day” is not something that I can adequately describe to you.  All I can tell you is this:  if you will give the Lord first priority in your day, He will bless you for it.  Is this the reason for having ample devotion time with Him?  No.  Not all at.  But it is a benefit I have found!  Look at this verse:

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” (Psalm 103:2)

The greatest part of my morning devotion times is drawing closer to the Lord!  His making sure my list goes down is a fringe benefit!

When we seek the Lord at the beginning of the day, letting

nothing
nothing
NOTHING

get in the way of our spending precious time with HIm, He shapes us into the people we ought to be.  He does so many wonderful things, and here are just a few:

  • He softens our hard hearts.
  • He helps us appreciate what we have.
  • He gives us understanding of His Word.
  • He helps us put what is earthly into perspective.
  • He curbs our appetites for sin.
  • He makes us hungry for more of Him.

So many people want God in their lives, they say . . . but they don’t make time for Him.  They want the benefits without the relationship.  How I wish I could tell them that HE is so much better than the answered prayer they want, the situation they need fixed, the dream job they hope to land, etc.  Once you taste Him, you truly start to understand that all these things are in His loving hands . . . they will work out!  If we could just stay close to Him, He will give us more and show us more than all the minds of men can imagine.   It is a treasure that few seek today, but for those that still do, what incredible joys await:

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

Now I started out talking about a list . . . I almost forgot. 🙂  I can say with perfect confidence that all we really need to do is put Him at the top of our LIST . . . and we can go about our day with full assurance that He is behind us in what we are doing!  I hope I have encouraged YOU to start every single day with Him . . . and watch this, that, and the other fall in line.

~Johnna