“What are you planning to do today?” my Ben asked me over breakfast.
“Oh, I don’t know. Just staying home… there’s a bunch of laundry and I guess I have that blood donation appointment this afternoon, however that works out.”
Fact #1: I haven’t written anything on my to-do list yet for today.
Fact #2: This is nothing unusual.
Fact #3: My fridge is jammed with odds n ends leftovers and needs a good cleaning. That task for sure ought to get done, whether it ever gets written on a list or not.
So. I hope I get around to planning my day here after a bit. In the meantime, I was sitting down with my Bible and reading a bit in Psalm 37, a favorite of mine. And there I found… an ultimate to-do list, for all of us, everyday.
- Fret not thyself because of evildoers… of him who prospereth in his way… of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass even if they start wars, murder innocent people, wreck the economy.
- Trust in the LORD is listed twice… probably kinda like when I write a task on my list, then circle it for extra measure. If all else fails, in other words, DO THIS!
- Do good feels like a complete to-do list in just two words. I could ponder that one all day.
- Delight thyself also in the LORD. Here’s my nudge to rejoice! smile! light up at the thought of our wonderful God!
- Commit thy way unto the LORD, or as the Amplified version says, “roll and repose each care of your load on Him.” Wait – I don’t have to carry that anymore?
- Rest in the LORD. My Bible also defines this as silent and still.
- Wait patiently for him even if I want to know. right. NOW.
- Cease from anger. Calm down.
- Forsake wrath. Calm down.
- Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. Calm down. (I’m sure there are much better things to say about not being angry, but for now, let’s keep it simple.)
So there. If you, like me, don’t have a to-do list written yet for today, well, now we both have one. For today. And tomorrow.
But I really should get moving on the other stuff I need to do too, like cleaning out my fridge. Maybe I should go write that on top of my list. And circle it.