CHECKLISTS

ChecklistSo if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Just call me the Sticky Note Queen! I have lists and reminders all over the house, in my car, on my cell phone, and in my foggy little brain. I could never get anything done if it weren’t for my little lists calling out to me every time I see them. Most of the things on those lists get done; some have a permanent presence at the bottom of a mostly checked-off checklist. Those things must not be priorities, or I suppose I would have done them by now!

 

Before I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior at age twenty-nine, I had some different lists. Items on those lists included things like: buy wine, try to be less selfish, replace false eyelashes, force yourself to call your parents. My agenda looked very different in those days! I’ve stopped drinking, my parents are gone (and I miss them both, as dysfunctional as they were). I can’t wear false eyelashes because I’ve developed chronic dry eyes. I’m still working on the “be less selfish” one. Hey, I’m human, and I’m a work in progress!

 

The cool thing is that my “list” of the things I have accomplished since I started following Jesus is pretty long and getting longer all the time. I’ve stopped believing I’m the center of the universe because Ephesians 4:5-6 says we have “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” Apparently, that’s not me! I’ve forgiven lots of folks, including the man who assaulted me at gunpoint over forty years ago. Luke 6:37 says we aren’t to judge or condemn others or we will ourselves will be subject to condemnation. It doesn’t mean the assault didn’t happen. I just don’t want to assault the guy back any more. And I daily experience the “peace that passes all understanding” talked about in Philippians 4:7. That peace guards my heart and my mind and keeps me close to Jesus, which has totally changed my life. That’s just the short list; you’d have to talk to Christ for all the details. But I know I’m on His list!

 

Transforming Christ, mold me and change me! Amen

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