Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

Making Lists

Relax, Recharge and Reflect – welcome to Sunday….

I don’t know about you but I am great at making lists – grocery, to do, goals, stops to make when running errands, etc.  Maybe it is a sign of old age, memory loss or just plain fear that I will forget something.  In years past, I also had a Christmas list with everyone I planned on buying gifts for and diligently crossed off everyone as I bought that special something.  Then came the years of making things – crossing off each person as I finished their special gift.  This year there is no list, for Christmas at least.  No this is not a “pity pot’ post, it is about lists.  If nothing else, almost everyone can relate to Christmas lists, right?

A devotion at ibelieve.com made me think about my list for God.  Am I as concerned about crossing things off His list as I am crossing things off my own?  I know that God has a plan for me but I have to actually DO the plan in order for it to work, right?  Do I stop and LISTEN to what his guiding words are or am I focused on MY plan and crossing off my to do list?  WOW!  As we head to the end of the year, writing a plan or resolutions for the New Year is common.  We sometimes even reflect on the past year or just wish it away as if it didn’t exist.  What if we changed our perspective on the past year and thought about them as God’s life lessons for us?  What is we took just a few moments, made a list of all of the “events” of the past year and reflected on how each one impacted our life?  What God lesson did we learn?

As for me, this year has been filled with good times and bad, stress brought on by my own decisions and those that just seem to happen, goals reached and unreached – each one had a lesson for myself or someone that was involved in that moment.  God has a plan and despite my free will and inability to follow his plan, he will ensure that the lesson is learned as I travel on the road to His appointed goal for me.  Some of the things on my list are crossed off with new tasks added while other things have been on my list all year and I never touched them.  What about those things NOT crossed off, were they part of God’s plan that I neglected because they didn’t fit into my agenda?

Okay, so I may have diverted off track and this may be a self reflective rambling post but what about you?  Maybe today is a good time to stop, go back over the list, and review those life lessons we have learned, checking to see where we really are in our walk with God.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


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