I love lists! Christmas Lists especially! But actually lists of things to do, shopping lists, books to read, dreams to achieve…Lists work for me. I can tick them off, monitor progress, set a target for the day, month or year. Getting to the end of a day in the office with everything crossed off the to do list is a good thing! Ticking dreams off, even better!
Once though, I decided that I’d write a list for all the things I thought I needed to work on. Character things like being impatient. I thought it was a great plan. I could work on my imperfections one by one, cross them off the list and voila I’d be perfect!
I really didn’t think it through. First of all – how long a list it would probably be, especially if I asked for input from others! Secondly, I wasn’t quite sure complete success could be achieved. I might achieve patience one day but the next day totally lose it – so impatience would go back on the list! Slightly depressing really! And more importantly, it meant that I would continually be focusing on the negative, the things not working in my life.
You see, what we focus on we empower. By making a list of my failings and imperfections, I’d be making the negatives the focus of my life. I’d be making fear bigger, impatience bigger. My life would have been focused on reacting to what I didn’t want to be, as opposed to responding to the call of God and His purpose for me.
So I have given up on that list and am focusing on Jesus. That definitely delivers better results.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
I’ll of course keep on making my Christmas list now!