Starting Well


Approaching each day as a series of things to do is a nasty habit. God loves us and relates to us on the being, not the doing level.

Approaching each day as a series of things to do is a nasty habit. Not only are we easily tempted to immediately start working on the list we went to bed with, but to quickly include the new onslaught of e-mails, voice mails, texts that may have accumulated.

No matter how urgent or high purposed the items on our to-do lists may seem, when the price paid for their completion is a gradual loss of a sense of being and meaning apart from performance, we have made a bad choice.

We were created human beings not human doings. God loves us and relates to us on the being, not the doing level. If it was the other way round, we would never have any confidence that we have done enough or done the right stuff to relax in his company.

As a partial antidote to “I am my to-do list syndrome," try the following

  1. Take a few quiet moments each morning to ask God expectantly to fill your mind with how He would have you be today.
  2. Write down what comes to mind as your to-be list.
  3. Thank God for being willing to use you in bringing His kingdom into today.
  4. Ask God to open your heart, mind, eyes and ears to how much he loves every one you meet and to help you treat them accordingly.
  5. Review your to-do list and see whether there are any items that are in conflict with your to-be list and modify or eliminate them accordingly.
  6. At the end of the day, use your to-be list as your score card for the success of the day.

Here are a few starters for your to-be list:

  • Be still and know that I am God  (Psalm 46:10)

  • Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger ( James 1:19)

  • Be holy because I am holy (I Peter1:16 )

  • Be joyful always, pray continually give thanks continually in all circumstances (I Thess 5:17)

  • Be at peace with one another (Mark 9:50 )

  • Be transformed by the renewing of your mind   (Romans 12:2)

Written by Phil Hodges

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