Even after being a Christian for over a decade, I still have a tendency to be an over-achiever, a perfectionist. By the grace of God, I no longer find my identity in being the best of the best, as I once did. However, one glance at Facebook or my blog feed and the familiar temptations creep in. “You can do more. You can do better.”
When I make a to-do list for life in my head, it looks something like this:
Loving my husband well.
Supporting his ministry and small-business dreams.
Caring for special needs kids.
Keeping a clean, beautiful house.
Cooking delicious meals—whole foods only, of course.
Resurrecting my piano-playing skills of my teenage years.
Fighting human trafficking.
Being an RN.
Homeschooling my kids.
Bible study and scripture memory.
Supporting the persecuted church.
Blogging, and maybe writing a book some day.
Keeping old friendships and making new ones.
Running a half marathon. (Not a full, because I’m not crazy.)
Reading a book per week.
Um, I’m exhausted just reading that list. The problem is, I would love to do all the things on this list, and do them all with excellence. But I can’t. Someone recently shared a post with me that addresses this very issue: I Am Not An Airplane.
When I look at my to-do list from God, it’s a lot shorter than my own:
Love the Lord your God, and worship Him only.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Whoa. Now to figure out what that looks like day-to-day, month-to-month, and year-to-year.
In the last “Let It Go” post, I’ll share what I haven’t let go and why those things are particularly important to me.
How about you? Do you make unreasonable to-do lists for life? Do you stay as far away from to-do lists as possible?