Making a List & Checking it Twice
As I sit here writing this blog post on the 24th of November, the realization hits me that a month from tonight is Christmas Eve! Can you believe it??
Honestly, I'm not sure I set out to do any of these things this weekend, but yesterday, after a four hour ride home from visiting with family over Thanksgiving, I unpacked my luggage, and then just started decorating the house. That wasn't my intention when I woke up that morning. lol. And then today, because of the pleasant temperatures outside, my husband took advantage and decorated the outside of the house.
There is definitely something to be said for just going with the flow. If you're a procrastinator, just diving into something without extensive planning or forethought is a great motivator to complete the task. Once your in it, you realize, this isn't so bad.
As my husband and I have gotten older, we tend to take a go with the flow attitude on vacation. Instead of planning every detail of every day, we just wake up and let the day lead us wherever it takes us. It's much less stressful that way because you don't have predetermined expectations.
Apparently I'm becoming more easygoing with age. lol.
My 80-year-old dad said something to me the other day that made me laugh. When I said to him, "it's just so good to be here", he responded, "its good to be anywhere!". Haha! A lighthearted approach to advancing age. :-) Although, I'm pretty sure my dad is in waaaay better shape then I am. He could run circles around me! lol.
Now I haven't totally lost my senses where I go with the flow with everything. lol. I am a list-maker by nature born out of being a results oriented person. I will write lists when I have a lot to do in preparation for an event at my home, and gain much satisfaction as each item is checked off completed.
Packing lists are a great way to keep from becoming overwhelmed before a trip. I know once I have my packing list established, I can relax. The packing is then easy because the list guides me along and keeps me free from worry that I will forget something.
Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run;
hurry and scurry puts you further behind.
Proverbs 21:5 MSG
As God's Pilgrims on earth, we are sojourners passing through until that great day when we cross the River Jordan into the Good Country where we will meet Jesus face to face.
In the meantime, this pilgrimage is a lifelong trip. One that could lead to trouble if we adopt a go with the flow attitude where self rules...
There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him,
but at the end of it is the way of death
Or one that is lived out in great joy when it seeks the Lord's wisdom at every turn and follows the great Lists written out by the Lord where His love provides the means for our obedience when we trust in Him.
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
If we were to compartmentalize the Bible into lists, we would see...
A list of the many ways God loves us
A list of the many ways God provides for us
A list of the many victories God has won for us
A list of the many ways we are to obey God
A list of the many sins God warns us about
A list of the many ways God is merciful to us
A list of the many ways God shows His grace to us
A list of the many ways God is faithful to us
A list of the many ways God gifts us
A list of the many miracles God has performed
A list of the many ways God is patient with us
A list of the many ways God banishes our fear
A list of the many ways God brings us peace
A list of the many ways God heals us
And a list of God's great and many promises
The Bible contains the ultimate culminating lists for life and living. When we follow God's Word and let it guide our lives, we won't be anxious for anything because we are resting in the confidence of the Author and Perfecter of our Faith.
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