To Do List

I’m not much of a list maker in my personal life, but at work, lists are my life-blood. I just don’t want to miss any details. I want our children here at Peace to learn about Jesus and have fun while they are doing it. I normally work off of a weekly list, but this week is different. In preparation for the Easter Egg Hunt, I’m on list #2, and that may not be the last one. In grand Easter tradition, the tasks seem like bunnies. Endlessly multiplying and all over the place.

As I was driving to work this morning (Thursday), I realized a few things. 

1. I forgot the blog I’m supposed to write that’s due on Wednesday. 

2. I really think I’m coming down with a cold, or maybe it’s just allergies. Who knows this time of year. Either way, I am feeling blah.

3. My current to-do list is out of date. 

4. “Hey, this topic would be good for a blog topic.” Just don’t get caught up in the other to-do list items. Get it done, and the first item on my new list is done. Yay!

In looking at my life at the moment, I am unfortunately reminded of the story of Mary and Martha. I’m sure most of you know this story, but just in case here is a quick recap.

Jesus comes to visit his friends Mary and Martha. The story really begins as Jesus is teaching a group of people at their home. Mary is listening intently to the words of Jesus, but Martha is scurrying around getting things ready for the meal. At some point, Martha loses it. She approaches Jesus, upset by Mary’s “laziness.” Jesus gently reminds her that Mary has made the right decision. (Luke 10:38-42)

I am simultaneously annoyed and refreshed by this story because, right now, I’m really a “Martha.” I don’t have a “Mary” to fuss about, but I am running around and wondering if I’m missing something. I have to remind myself occasionally that what I am actually missing is the point of why we do things at all. The point of the Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday School, VBS, etc, etc, etc, is to help others to hear and listen to the voice of Jesus. I have to remember to take some time to slow down and listen myself. The details are important. We want to put on a fun event for everyone, but if we get lost in “chasing down all the bunnies” we miss out on blessings for ourselves and others.

Lydia Massie, Director of Children’s Ministry

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