I am a planner, a list maker, and a delegator. The people who work with me will attest to my detailed long lists that are dispersed when we manage a project. It’s a celebration to put a check mark on a to-do-item on the list, a reminder to everyone that it’s getting done.
While I know that not everyone will use a list, I like to know what needs to be done to accomplish the project and to track the progress. BUT. And, it’s a big BUT. Life does not always go the way I plan it to go and the list must be tossed aside to attend to the priority of the moment. It happens quite often in the days of my life as a pastor. When someone calls or comes into my office in crisis, the day shifts, the attention is put on helping them through it.
I do have a list of sorts that I give to individuals in crisis. I begin by giving a specific promise from God:
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, NLT).
The promise can be unpacked in a list to remember, to repeat, and to memorize:
1. God’s presence: “I am with you.”
2. God’s intimacy: “I am Your God.”
3. God’s empowerment: “I will strengthen you and help you.”
4. God’s passion: “I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
This is an ongoing list, changing how the day is seen and managed when it’s believed.
It’s worth using this list, even if you don’t like lists.
- Read it.
- Put a mental check mark beside each detail that you believe.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)