Yesterday, I shared with you some of my thoughts on inside out change, how I realized that the ‘out’ part was not going to simply happen on its own. You will remember that I identified the person God made me, the person I am becoming:
- a passionate follower of Jesus
- a generous wife
- an unconditionally loving mom
- a devoted friend/family member
- a dependable homeschooling teacher
- an organized homemaker
In my desire to move closer to this person that I really am inside already, I realized that purposeful steps were necessary. I love to make to-do lists. I mean I really love to make to-do lists. I love that feeling of crossing off stuff I have accomplished. (I admit that I have, on occasion, actually put things on my daily to-do list that I have already done so I could cross them off.) I decided to use this list-love to my advantage.
Each day, when I make my to-do list in the morning (or if I am on the ball, the night before), I list out the above six things with a space underneath. Then, I pray about one practical step I will take toward the outward expression of each part of this inner person and I jot the steps down. What does this look like?
– spend time in prayer and Bible reading (currently using the 1 year plan from the back of The Narrated Bible)
– tidy the area of the basement that dh likes to sit in, but is always left a mess by the kids and I
Unconditionally Loving Mom:
– play soccer with the kids outside
Devoted Friend/Family Member:
– e-mail my sisters
Dependable Homeschooling Teacher:
– Work on ds’ math (I tend to slack off on this as the weather warms and he is almost done.)
– clean out homeschooling shelf in basement
Then, I list my other to-dos underneath. When I am looking over my list, I give the things at the top my priority attention. And, for now, that is it!
What do you do to make sure that you focus on what is important, not just urgent? How do you move closer to the true person God made you?