I am a keeper of lists. I have a list for each day, each week, each month, and so on. I find so much satisfaction in crossing items off the to-do list as they are completed and dreaming up what needs to be on the next list.
But when I don't complete a task, I highlight it. A big yellow streak serving as a reminder of what I still need to do.
Those highlighted marks mocked me this past week, and as the end of the week drew near, I realized that there was no way that everything was going to get done. I shared that with two of my dear friends and one in all of her wisdom said "If it doesn't get done, it will be okay."
It will be okay. The world isn't going to fall apart.
At those words, I realized that my to-do list has been more about proving something to myself than anything else. A source of validation in a world where that can be difficult to find.
So as I went to bed, list incomplete, I found myself saying, "80 percent is really good." Now, I didn't believe that right away, but I kept repeating it over and over again. Because it is true. My worth isn't based on a list and neither is yours. Our worth is simply based on our belovedness by the Holy.
What do you need to set aside in order to claim who you truly are as a child of God this week?
Michelle is a Spiritual Director and End of Life Doula. She is the founder of Abide in the Spirit.
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