I love making lists; it’s because I’m a list lover. But making them is only part of it; the real joy comes from crossing them off. It’s so deliciously satisfying drawing lines through completed tasks. Yes, making a list is the best step towards efficiency; but real productivity isn’t measured by the list itself. Books on productivity aren’t published with only pages of well-crafted lists. No, the effectiveness is in the completion, in achieving the goal, that’s the power of it, that’s what makes it great!
Here is a list of my top seven goals for 2016:
- Make more lists.
- Create the lists alphabetically.
- Use Roman numerals.
- Have a ruler ready for drawing straight lines.
- Compare each new list to the one before it.
- Experiment with different colors of ink.
- Select a list each month for “List Of The Month.”
- Have each List Of The Month framed & placed on the List Wall of Honor.
Wow, 2016 is shaping up to be my most productive year ever! Okay, maybe I’m stretching the fabric of sincerity and possibly underscoring this blog with a bit of sarcasm. I should make a list about that. (note to self)
Truly Jesus was God, but he was also a man, like me. He knew temptation’s power and the weakness of men. He understood the struggle. He experienced them, without surrendering to them; whereas I have surrendered thousands of times. Each day he got up and went about preaching the Kingdom, helping, healing, and making disciples. I wonder if he did all that without a list?
Yes, we need to focus, to be disciplined, and productive. But can there be room for some down time or a little spontaneity? Is there any value in planning some time with nothing planned?
Here’s a different list; see what you think:
- Allow the Holy Spirit to interrupt your list.
- Mature emotionally so unfinished lists don’t guilt you.
- Learn the value of being still, quiet, and meditative.
- Believe that God works through you, even without a list.
- Open your eyes to see people not on your list.
- Pick one day a week to not have a list.
- If you can’t do #6, at least pray over that day’s list.
More than anything, I pray that that this coming year, your relationship with our Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit, fills your hearts, directs your steps, and provides you with great peace.
Was that a list?
Happy New Year