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The End of the To-do List

Most mornings I wake up with the determination to get it all done. You know what the ALL is – everything on my to-do list no matter how long that to-do list has grown. By the mid day – usually just after lunch time, one of two things happens:

1. Some outside force changes my plans before I even get off to a good start.
2. My energy and determination skips town and I give up on my list entirely.

The first one is not that bad. I try to be prepared for the unexpected – particularly since I work at home and therefore am a “go-to” person. Since I work at home, I don’t have a real job and can drop everything to drive someone to the dentist or go pick up the dog at the vet (can you feel the sarcasm?).

The second “excuse” for not doing what I need to do (or know that I should do) is my biggest struggle. It can be especially difficult when I spend the morning going and going and then realize I still have so far to go (or everything thing that I’ve done has been undone).

I want to be like the Proverbs 31 woman – where are my maidservants?

The truth is that I can’t get it all done. I can’t push past my lack of inspiration to scale the mountain of tasks. It is God who will see me through. He isn’t just about the big things. God wants to be personally involved in every aspect of everyday.

I’ll confess that when God is my focus, I don’t struggle (at least not as much) with the midday "I just don't want to do anything else." The energy seems to stay with me and the tasks get done and there is still time for me to relax and enjoy the day.

Even knowing that this is the way it happens, there are still those days that I struggle to stay focuses. These are the times when it helps to have a friend or support system that can give you the boost you need to find your focus once again.

Focus will get you to the end of that to-do list.

2 Responses to The End of the To-do List

  1. Dawn August 11, 2008 at 1:58 PM #

    “I want to be like the Proverbs 31 woman – where are my maidservants?”

    This has to be my absolute favorite sentence in this whole post!

  2. admin August 11, 2008 at 2:00 PM #

    Hey Dawn,

    I also wonder where Proverbs 32 is!

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