Thirty-five years ago today Robin and I had our first date. We went out for a nice dinner and then I was to have her at a surprise birthday party at a certain time. My problem is that I am a planner, and when we finished dinner and still had quite a bit of time left until the party, I was faced with what to do next. So I pulled out my little spiral tablet and pretended that I had a whole list of things prepared which included getting a little bit of gas and making a check in the book, doing a couple of other things which I can’t remember and making a check, and making a check, and making a check. I was scrambling for how to occupy the time until time for the party. Sorry, I know. I once had a friend tell me that I had to be more spontaneous, and so I purposed to put “planned spontaneity” on my calendar.
I am more than a mental checklist person, I am a put it on paper and check it off checklist person. Maybe this makes me a good event coordinator, or rarely late, or ….. But it doesn’t make for being terribly relaxed at times. The big part of growth in all of this is that I don’t become as frustrated when I don’t complete the list or when I leave something off. I’ve also learned not to use a list for certain things. Today Sarah writes about the tyranny of the checklist and the importance of checking everything you do with God staying in constant contact with Him.
I must tell you that in spite of my list God had His plans, and that date 35 years ago today began an incredible relationship with the most wonderful woman in the world.
Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (5/6)
Do not search for security in the world you inhabit. You tend to make mental checklists of things you need to do in order to gain control of your life. If only you could check everything off your list, you could relax and be at peace. But the more you work to accomplish that goal, the more things crop up on your list. The harder you try, the more frustrated you become.
There is a better way to find security in this life. Instead of scrutinizing your checklist, focus your attention on My Presence with you. This continual contact with Me will keep you in My Peace. Moreover, I will help you sort out what is important and what is not, what needs to be done now and what does not. Fix your eyes not on what is seen (your circumstances), but what is unseen (My Presence).
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)