I don’t want to live a nearsighted life.I don’t want to make decisions in the moment.
I don’t want to live rushing from one deadline to the next.
I don’t want to get so caught up in today that I forget about the big picture.
My heart loves lists and yet I don’t know how to read them. I look at the list and start with the things that will make me feel best and the things that will make me look best and then squeeze in the things that have a deadline for someone else right at the last minute. And suddenly I’m working crazy-frantic and my heart is pounding crazy-anxious and I wonder how I’ll make it through the next five minutes, let alone the rest of the day.
And God in His infinite wisdom gave me a husband who steps in and reminds me, “In the light of eternity, how important is all of this?”
Breathe in perspective.
He’s right. I read my lists in light of how I feel and what others will think and God looks at my list and says, “Daughter, I have you here for a mission that is far greater baking cookies for community group and impressing your husband with a clean house.”
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Because maybe those cookies are a good work He has prepared for me, but if they aren’t done out of love for Him then it was a wasted work. Because the goal is His glory. The goal is always His glory, and His glory is only accomplished when He is the source. So if I’m not taking time to breathe Him in, then how can I expect that my breathing out of my own strength will please Him at all?
I don’t want to live a nearsighted life. I want to live a life that sees every minute of every day through His eyes and from a perspective of bringing Him glory, not myself. And that’s going to look more like studying His Word and spending time in prayer than making gourmet pizza and finishing a Christmas project.
So sisters, let’s join together in seeing our todo lists from a heavenly perspective. Because you know what I’ve learned? When I place Him as the goal and I seek Him first, everything else still gets done. And it gets done breathed out for His glory instead of held tight for my own.