You know the days. The ones that blur by so quickly and leave us sitting on the edge of our beds at night asking ourselves, “What in the world did I even do today? Did I even put a dent in my pile of things to get done? Where does time go and what do I have to show for mine?”
At my bedside I realize this: When the days get too busy—blurry—my vision could too. I could grow partially blind. I could cease to see the “dent” and only see the “pile.” I could forget the most important things…
And so I sat there and remembered… how the sun shone and the family gathered, how the little bird who smacked his head on our window flew again, how God spoke through His Word, how paperwork somehow managed to get done and software installed and tax clients served, how the food tasted and the songs sounded, how we’d smiled and laughed and loved and He’d shown us His.
There in the dark, I started to see.
Could it be that acknowledging Him in everything (Proverbs 3:6), this is what counts on the life-sized list?
God had accomplished so much that day. Yet I, so easily and overly busied, had wondered if my list was actually any shorter by the time I landed in bed.
The stunning truth: At the end of the day there’s no way my to-do list is any shorter than it was at its start unless my blessings list is longer, my recognition keener. I haven’t accomplished anything unless I’ve praised Him in everything.
The most productive, fruitful day is the one spent marveling at the miracle of Jesus’ victorious accomplishments for us. This, it changes which projects we tackle and just how we tackle them and Who gets the credit for their completion. This changes how we live.
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)