I can still recall the echo of laughter from my mom and sister’s voices as they tickled themselves from looking at my “to-do” lists. I love making tons of lists for every little detail with extraodinary optimistic hopes of conquering the day. A few brave times I thought I would organize my husband and make him a to-do list! ha! My, have I got a lot to learn on working on myself before I work on others. In any case, I ran across some wisdom from Mrs. Carolyn Mahaney on this topic and thought I would include it for you. How often do we remind ourselves of having a attitude of humility in the midst of our planning? I hope this post is a testimony of God’s grace for your busy life.

She states,

“Whew! After devotions, exercise, grocery store run, beds made, dishes done, house straightened, laundry underway, Chad homeschooled, soccer carpool completed, editing project for my husband finished—I can finally attempt to write […]
 Life is busy! And it’s not just me. Whether you are a student, holding down a job, or caring for a family—the fall season unfailingly fills our lives with lots to do. So what does it look like to glorify God in the midst of a busy season? My girls and I felt a need for fresh perspective, and so, we figured, maybe you do too. Drawing from thoughts we’ve posted eviously, we want to consider three indispensable qualities for busy, even hectic times like these. The first must-have to survive—and even thrive—during busy seasons: humility. I still remember the wise and helpful counsel my husband CJ shared with me many years ago when I was having one of those “I just can’t get it all done” breakdown crying sessions. When he finally got the chance to speak, he said: “Carolyn, only God completes His to-do list. We are not God. We are finite creatures with serious imitations. Therefore we need to humble ourselves by accepting our limitations and draw upon God’s strength to simply do what we can.” CJ’s advice not only helped me then, but continues to benefit me to this day. Here are 3 simple ways we can be mindful of our limitations as we make our to-do lists these days:

1. Separate the-really-do-matter items from the really-don’t-matter items—of course doing the really-do-matter items first.

2. Simplify the really-do-matter items where possible. (e.g. pizza for dinner or store-bought cookies for entertaining.)

3. Trust God for all the things on the list that don’t get done.

Let’s honor God by responding to our “endless” list of to-dos with humility—joyfully accepting our limitations and simply doing what we can.

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”
 Proverbs 11:2
By Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore & Janelle Bradshaw. Copyright 2009 Girl Talk blog. www.girltalkhome.com

Where do you relate?

Thanks for reading!