Anyone else a fan of lists? I adore writing down a lengthy list of to-dos every day. The checking off of each box feels like you’ve accomplished something. And then I have lists of lists. Yes…you read that right. I inevitably lose the first list I’ve written, and I rewrite them. Only to find the original list under a book or sitting on another table. (Tidy is NOT my strong suit.)
For someone who works almost exclusively from home, it may seem as if a list of things I need to do is a little excessive, but here’s what the list for me looked like three days ago.
- Make coffee
- Colossians study
- 2 Samuel study
- Clean bathroom
- Prayer time
- Email group about dinner
- Mail package
(No need to laugh over my first bullet point. I put it on there so I know I get at least one checked off every day, and it makes me feel like a winner!)
People sometimes think I read my bible ALL THE TIME and pray 24/7 because I lead a bible study and write a blog. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s a discipline that I’ve had to learn. I have to write it on my to-do list, because it’s still something that I struggle with completing every day. Am I light years from where I used to be? Yes. Am I perfect at it? Not even close. It’s sometimes one of the things that I think is the easiest to cut from my list. When I skip it, I feel it in my interactions with others and my interactions with God.
In Psalm 119:105 David writes, ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ The Word of God guides me as I go through the day. It illuminates the path I take and leads me in truth and grace. It helps remove the darkness that Satan tries to blind me with and allows me to hold on to God’s promises for my life and my future.
If you’re one that struggles with Bible reading like me, I would encourage you to make your list. Put that on it. Remind yourself that the Word of God is your lighthouse-not something that should be ignored. And then get to checking it off every day as you soak up His words and light up your path!