What's on Your List?

by Sharmon Coleman, Proven Way Executive Director

I love lists. I make lists of what I need to do and take great delight in crossing items off.  Sometimes I’ve even been known to do something NOT on my list, then add it and cross it off just to make my “done” list of accomplishments longer. 

The List:

Are you a list maker?  I bet you are, whether your lists are created mentally or with paper and pen.  Otherwise, how do you keep track of what needs to get done?  The real question is what you put on that list.  Mine is filled with errands, ministry, doctor appointments, family and church commitments, calls to make, emails to send, and on and on it goes.  Sometimes I make my list and then fight the urge to go back to bed because I’m so overwhelmed. 

The Challenge:

Recently I was challenged to make a list of EVERYTHING I’m currently doing, and then to make another list of everything I feel LED to start.  Both lists’ pages were two-thirds full; I had way too much on my plate.  I was then urged to pray through both sections and ask God what needed to STAY on my list, what needed to be CROSSED OFF, and what I needed to ADD to my list.  Once completed, I had a list of God-given priorities for this season of life.  I wish I could say that this entire exercise was completed in 20 minutes or less like a sitcom.  Honestly, I had to pray over the list for a couple of months before I had clarity to move forward in confidence. 

The Result:

After reevaluating my commitments and other ways I spend my time, I had a clear filter with which to plan each day.  If it wasn’t on my STAY or START list, then I could confidently pass on the opportunity. No matter how worthy or enjoyable, I could release myself from obligations that were last season’s fruit.

The Reason:

Why should you do this exercise?  You were created on PURPOSE for a PURPOSE.  You are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28) and appointed to bear much fruit (John 15:16).  We have a finite number of hours in our day and days in our lives, so we need to choose how we spend our time wisely.  In other words, we have limits.  I don’t want to get to Heaven only to discover that I didn’t use my time wisely and missed any God-given assignments.  Knowing your priorities and planning accordingly is a must to fulfill your calling.

Do you want to learn more?  Register NOW for LeaderShare on August 29th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm to learn PROVEN WAYS to identify your priorities, apply them to your life, and walk them out daily.  http://www.provenway.org/events-gathering/2017/3/9/leadershare  FREE LeaderShare is a BENEFIT of membership.  Join today! http://www.provenway.org/member-info

Sharmon Colemman