Todo lists help us know what to do + when. They bring order to our lives + help us achieve our dreams. Are they keeping us from having peace in plannerland?
I am still pondering over my morning reading from yesterday. You could say it struck a chord. And I want that kind of peace. I’m not saying I live in turmoil. Not at all. Our home is that soft place to fall that Dr Phil talks about. It’s peaceful. So what peace am I talking about. Internal peace. A different kind of peace. Todo list + project peace … plannerland peace.
I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and no one will make you afraid. I will remove evil animals out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
Leviticus 26:6 (WEB)
It sounds foreign for us today. We don’t have wild beasts roaming around your backyard + yet I see how it is still so relevant. It’s not external threats of peace, rather internal. We can have wild beasts in our minds + even in our planners that keep us from having God’s peace.
Many times the challenge for peace comes from within us. Selfish desires, insecurities, unrealistic expectations, comparison, the need for control, just to name a few of the things that interfere with us receiving the peace of God. One of the biggest ones is the relentless drive of our todo lists.
Sure todo lists help us know what to do + when. They bring order to our lives + help us achieve our dreams. That’s a good thing, right?
The question that came to me as I was thinking about what that means for us creatives was, “Are your projects + todo lists keeping you up at night?”
Are we able to get to bed at a reasonable hour that gives us rest + allows our bodies to heal each day? Or are we afraid that if we don’t get it all done we will miss out or fail in some way?
Our todo lists + projects can be just like the wild beasts in the Old Testament if we don’t have them surrendered to God.
As we learn to lay down the relentless drive of our todo lists + more importantly the things that lie behind the drive, we will have peace in our land.
We will not be afraid. Afraid that someone else will beat us to it, get an advantage over us, that we will be left behind. Or that our life doesn’t have the same kind of meaning as … (I’m sure a name has popped in to your head as you read that sentence, just the same as it did me when I typed it).
Surrendering to God’s plan for our life, whatever that may look like + stop striving to make it what we want, will certainly fill our land with His peace.
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Choose rest + go to bed at a reasonable hour. Even if it is an act of faith as change is happening.
There will be a period of adjustment as you say no to the drive + yes to rest, yes to God’s best for your life. As you take that step of faith God will start to clear the wild bests of your todo list, projects + your planner.
Prayer : God we surrender our todo lists, projects + planners to you. We’re sorry for not trusting in You. We choose to stop, everyday + find our rest in You. Let our lands be filled with Your peace that we may rest. That means revealing to us where we are squeezing out your best for us, comparing ourselves to others + fearing failure. Show us when we are trying to do so many other things than what we should be doing. Help us to make the choice to get to bed earlier for our bodies to rest + heal.
Thank you Jesus for Your peace in our land, Amen.
For tips on getting things done + having time for rest, check out the articles Secret for ToDo List Success and How Not to Get Stuck in the Planning Phase.
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