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Back to school, you wish. It’s more like back and forth to school. When the bus shows up, at the absolute crack of dawn, my busy and forgetful kid is also half asleep and in a big hurry.  Often, I find myself screaming after him into the darkness things like “Do you have your Permission Slip”.  My voice trails off as I realize that my pre-caffeinated scream doesn’t stand a chance over the headphones and the noise of the approaching bus.  I wrap my robe tighter and retreat back into the house.  While taking those first few sips of “here we go again” coffee, I prepare myself for the first reality check of my day. Yup, there it is, on his desk, exactly where I had put it last night, the Permission Slip that “Has to be turned in today!”  

If we knew each other better, this is where I would tell you that I hadn’t fully intended to get dressed dressed today.  Today was going to be more of a yoga pant (with no intention of doing any kind of yoga) day.  But, now I have to shower, put makeup on and get dressed dressed all in an effort to not horrify myself at the front office.  What do I get in exchange?  A big hug and a tremendous “Thanks Mom, you’re the best!”?  Nope, just a knowing smile from the Admin Assistant. Sigh…

When I was a kid my mom would tape my milk money to the inside of my lunch box and she used a safety pin to attach important papers… TO ME. We would probably all agree that our lives are busier now than they were in the mid-seventies. But, you can’t text a Permission Slip and, believe it or not, you can not email everything, so what do we do? Admittedly, it would be a sight to behold to see my High School student with a note ATTACHED to him, but that is never going to happen. Enter the To-Do List!

It can come as no surprise that we serve a God who is orderly, organized and good at time management. All throughout the bible, you will find “lists”.

In Matthew 10, when Jesus sent the disciples out, he gave them specific lists including instructions on where to go, where not to go, what to bring along, what not to bring along, what to say, what to do, where to stay and even what to do if they weren’t accepted.

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles

Matt. 10:5-14

These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.  Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food.  And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it.  And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.  And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.

Before we continue, a word of caution – God wants your heart, not an obligatory box check.  So, as you list, plan, organize, prioritize and accomplish “things” remember the most important “thing” is to draw nearer to the heart of God.

The Blaze Planner Daily Calendar two-page spread brings together so many critical elements of focusing your life to bring God glory.

On the left-hand page you will see TODAY’S TO-DO’S. There are two columns here: One for your Personal, Home, & Family tasks and another for Work & Other. Writing items here will give you a clear visual for the day ahead of you.  (take a look at it here: https://theblazeplanner.com/?product=blaze-daily-two-page-spread-refill)

For Blazers who have young children, this is a great place to jot down a reminder to follow up with them. Did you return your library book? Did you tell coach you will be late to practice on Wednesday?

For Blazers who work, this is the perfect spot for meetings, deadlines and commitments. As you complete each task, check it off, and celebrate the freedom of not having to keep track of so many small details. 

This week, as you spend time with God in His Word, keep an eye out for His lists, instructions and reminders. Draw close to Him and let Him order your day.

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