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Managing the To Do List

Managing the To-Do List
Laurie Rambo

When I was a homeschool mom of four, I participated n a Bible study with a woman who is the very picture of a Titus 2 woman. You only had to be around her for a very short while to see how deeply she loved Jesus; it was evident in all she said and did. She took her role as a “teacher of good things” very seriously, and I count it a high privilege to have had the chance to study with her.
One day, the after-the-study-conversation found me grumbling and complaining about having so much to do and never enough hours to get it all done. Perhaps you know the feeling? As I gave the laundry list of all the things that I  had to do, she brought me up short when she asked “Is it yours to do?”
Then she asked some hard questions about what was mine to do- Was I loving my husband and respecting him? Was I loving my children in the busyness or were they getting the “leftovers” of me? Was I too busy because I was taking on things out of sense of pride, as if I were the only one who could do these things right? And she pointed me to Ephesians 4:1-7 as a guide, gently showing me what truly was mine to do.

  • Live a life worthy of the calling I have received

  • Be humble and gentle, patient, bearing with one another in love

  • Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace

I realized that I was not living a life that becomes the Gospel; I was living in prideful self-sufficiency. In taking on things that were not mine to do, I was creating a burden of busyness that left me disconnected from my husband, snapping at my children and too tired to do the things that WERE mine to do.
When we are walking closely with Jesus, not running ahead, or lagging behind, He will Him guide us and order our days. When we are feeling overwhelmed, we need to ask Jesus to make clear what He is giving us to do. We need to look at our  to-do list, laying it at the feet of Jesus and asking the Spirit to show us what has been added by pride, the thought that we are the only one who can do the task well, by guilt or a distorted sense of obligation.  
Jesus will give grace upon grace to do all that is ours to do. As we give all of ourselves to Him, He gives us all of Himself, making us able, by the power of His Holy Spirit, to live a life worthy of our calling. His Spirit in us makes us able to be humble and gentle and patient, even when life is hard and demanding. His grace is sufficient for all that is ours to do.