Rewrite My To-Do List

Topics:   love    listening    care   

Posted by Brad Quiring on February 11, 2015

Matthew 9:35-37 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

On this day I had a nicely organized to-do list. I arrived in the morning and attacked it immediately because that is what an organized person needs to do according to the “organized person rules”. I am learning to be an organized person and it felt good to act like one from minute one. Another “organized person rule” is that you never let others determine your agenda.

Here is the thing: someone stopped in and we began to talk. It was a good talk. They were struggling with some stuff in life. I also learned a lot about their family. Someone else stopped in and we visited some more. They don’t get out very often and it was a bit surprising to see them in my office on such a cold day. It was a fun visit. I think we both finished our conversation feeling pretty happy.

Someone else called. I learned a few new things about them as well as getting another “tool in my toolbox” if you will.

Then my scheduled visitor arrived. The coffee break stretched longer, but we talked about important stuff, stuff that mattered to me and to him. Stuff that will have a long-term benefit for this church.

Back to the office and another person with whom I could speak showed up. Which turned into another opportunity to learn. Some more questions from another person which solved their problem.

Another problem popped up that had to be dealt with immediately. It tested my patience, but I passed and the problem was solved. Then…time to go home.

ORGANIZATIONAL FAIL!!! So, why do I feel like today was a win?

See the verse at the top. This is Jesus’ stuff. Yes…the sermon needs to be completed and perhaps tomorrow will be the day.

You see, Jesus came for people. He died for people. He gave himself for people. He loved the world (the people of the world). I really think I lived a little Jesus moment today and I never want to lose that opportunity when it presents itself again.

Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.