Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 ESV
Lists are great organizational tools, don’t you think? I love to make lists in my composition book so that I can doodle all around them. They help me to organize my thoughts, plan my day and keep me focused … especially when I am overwhelmed at the mountain of to-dos that pile up!
This week I spent my time planning and listing things to help me be more organized with my time. Time management is definitely a huge key in being successful. And the fact is – I have a time management problem – I like things to be just right and perfect. I will put off projects just because I am not 100% satisfied with my plan. Truth is, nothing really is and after awhile things just need to be changed up or replaced all together. So one of my goals this year is to get things done and not wait until its oh- so- perfect. I need to remember that there is not much that is so set in stone that it can’t be changed later if I am not completely satisfied with my first results. It is far better to have things done than left unfinished because that unfinished business will always be there reminding me that I have more to do, more to think about, more problems, more imperfections.
– WOW – Just thinking about this causes my shoulders to tense and the stress of chaos and lack of control to rise. Is this really what is important to me? Is this really what I want out of life? Will a clean house and a checked off to do list really matter in the end?
According to James 1:2-4 I should count my procrastination, lack of good time management and imperfections a joy. I should use these hurdles to be steadfast in my faith knowing that God will provide for my needs if I put Him first
on my list. He will use them for His good; and that is so much more than what I could ever accomplish. My focus needs not to be – can I get everything done perfectly – but am I following God’s will for my life. Here’s the clincher
… my imperfections are His perfect creations …
When I allow God to be first, he provides. My desires will not be for the perfect situation, the perfect house, the perfect project, the perfect words; but, for the joy that only comes from Him. I will be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Now that my friend, is worth doing things His way.
With Him first all that is left is … check, check and double check!!