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The Best "To-Do" List

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but only one thing is necessary.’”

Luke 10:41 NASB

It’s the start of a new year, and that usually translates into fresh beginnings with ramped up energy to achieve all of the goals.

The only problem is that I somehow already feel behind and worn out.

My to-do list seems daunting, and my energy to accomplish these things already feels depleted and limited. Here’s the tricky part, I’m not even trying to conquer the world with my lists. I’m simply trying to be a good wife, to help disciple three tiny human hearts, to keep groceries in the fridge and meals on the table, and to try to maintain a mostly clean house (after scrubbing the floors from yet another spot that our new puppy made on our floor). Normal tasks.

Check it off, knock it out, get it done. Sprinkle a bit of love here and there if I remember. Rinse and repeat.

Unfortunately, I’m learning that this pattern keeps my mind focused on me. I’m practically wearing blinders to most everything else going on around me. Can you relate?

In his book “The Elimination of Hurry,” John Mark Comer says, “Both sin and busyness have the exact same effect - they cut off your connection to God, to other people, and even to your own soul.” What if we were missing the full lives God intended for us because we are so preoccupied with what we need to do? More importantly, what if we are missing out on God’s presence and power in the middle of it all?

I’m so thankful for the interaction between Jesus and Martha in Luke 10. She reminds me so much of myself…hurried and busy, trying to get it all done, annoyed at the people who aren’t in it with me. When Jesus speaks to her, it is such a kind and patient reminder of loving truth. He isn’t saying what she is doing isn’t important. It’s just not the most important.

Let’s make sure our priority is spending time in His presence, asking Him to show us what is needed before we just start cranking out our daily to-dos. He is our only necessary.

Your fellow Able Mom,

Magen Thetford

Lord, we admit that we are prone to busyness and anxiousness over the tasks that come with every day. We ask that You grow our desire to sit quietly at your feet and learn from Your ways. We need You to help us prioritize what is most important each day. Thank You for Your patience and faithful love towards us. Amen.

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