I’m a big list maker. There’s just something productive about making a big ol’ list that helps this brain of mine be so much more organized and focused on the tasks at hand. I don’t have to worry if I’ve forgotten anything – check the list! I don’t have to be lost in repetitive thoughts all day – check the list! I don’t have to wonder if I failed to show up to an important appointment – check the list!
Yesterday I was reading Romans 12:9-16 and had to laugh when I got to verse 9. It’s as if God humorously nudged my heart to say, “So about those lists… lol… here’s a good one for ya.”
Allow me to quote today’s scripture via list format. It really does get the mind thinking differently about what daily priorities we should be making as we go about our day-to-day.
-love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.
-run for dear life from evil;
-hold on for dear life to good.
-be good friends who love deeply;
-practice playing second fiddle.
-don’t burn out;
-keep yourselves fueled and aflame.
-be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant.
-don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
-help needy Christians;
-be inventive in hospitality.
-bless your enemies;
-no cursing under your breath.
-laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy;
-share tears when they’re down.
-get along with each other;
-don’t be stuck-up.
-make friends with nobodies;
-don’t be the great somebody.
Now imagine, just imagine if all Christians approached this passage of scripture with the same intent and focus as we do our own personal list of things to do… imagine what the Church could really look like?… imagine how effective we could be?… imagine how loved the world would feel and how reflective of Jesus we would be if we actually lived out this passage of scripture?
Doesn’t it just put “things to do” into a whole new perspective?