To-Do Lists can be helpful, but they can also be annoying. It seems like I’ve been spending a lot of time these past couple of weeks reviewing, editing, and expanding my To-Do List. Sell house. Check. Buy house. Check. Say “goodbye.” Check. Check. And check. Say “hello.” Check. Cancel utilities. Check. Order new utilities. Check. Get “Change of Address” form. Check.
You get the idea. We all have To-Do Lists of some kind or another. But herein lies the challenge. I’m a “Type-A Personality” who can get pretty focused—o.k., very focused—on completing my list. In fact, I have a hard time sleeping if I haven’t checked off everything on my list—even if some things aren’t due for weeks to come. My wife, on the other hand, keeps many To-Do Lists but can’t remember where she put them. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a complaint; it’s an observation. It’s amazing how God brings people together who see the world in such different ways. And praise the Lord that He does! After twenty years of marriage, Laura has been teaching me that spending a couple of hours with an elderly person may not affect my To-Do List, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get anything accomplished. And, hopefully, Laura has been learning from me where to put her multiple To-Do Lists where she can find them.
You see, we do need one another—in marriage, work, church, and life. I know when we begin our ministry with you soon we will have many To-Do Lists, and we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will continue to review, edit, expand, and check off many of those items. But may we also never forget that some things that really matter to God aren’t as quantifiable as checking something off a list. So if you’re a “Type-A Personality” like me or a “Scatttered-Yet-Happy” person like my wife, let’s appreciate and complement one another for the glory of Jesus Christ.