I Checked Nothing Off My To Do List Today

Several people emailed me throughout the day saying, “I came to your blog but there was nothing new for today.” First of all, thanks—I’m honored that you are checking in so regularly.

My blog today was a casualty of the day—I got absolutely nothing done that was on my To Do list. But I had an incredible day!

I used to be a real hard-charging, task-oriented, bottom-line, project-driven, to-do-list lovin’ guy. I still am naturally bent that way, but I’ve learned something … (drum roll, please) … relationships don’t fit neatly on a To Do list.

I can hear some of you now, “Wow, Craig! That’s deep! You just figured that out?!?”

No, actually I’m a work-in-progress. I’ve been learning this for a while, and today was just a good reminder.

I had some time alone with God as I read my Bible this morning. As I was pondering a passage of Scripture, I just happened to linger there. And linger. And linger. It was challenging, yet perplexing; exciting, yet scary. It took some time for the Holy Spirit to help make an application to my life. It was too good to rush.

Then off to Panera to meet with a good friend. We shared with each other the challenges that pastors know all too well. It was not a conversation that could fit into a pre-arranged time. So we lingered. And lingered. And lingered. It was energizing to reconnect.

Then a phone call from another fellow pastor sent me driving 30 minutes north. We did a little spiritual reconnaissance in a community that needs a thriving full-gospel church. This kind of boots-on-the-ground recon cannot fit neatly into a Daytimer. So we lingered. And lingered. And lingered. It was great to dream.

Then off to hospice to visit and pray and cry with a family whose patriarch is nearing the end of his life here. Thankfully, because of his personal relationship with Jesus, he’s getting ready to begin his Real Life that will last forever. And so I sat with this great man and his family and lingered. And lingered. And lingered. It was sweet to share this intimate moment with dear friends.

So my To Do list for today remains just as full as when I got up this morning. But I’m so pleased with today. It feels great to get nothing checked off, and yet to accomplish so much!

5 Responses to “I Checked Nothing Off My To Do List Today”

  1. Rhonda D. Says:

    Your day sounds like the perfect day to me. There’s nothing better than just ‘playing it by ear’. Nothing scripted, just if it sounds like a good thing to do then off you go. Chuck and I do that often when we travel. For instance when we were in AZ last year on vacation, we saw Route 66. We couldn’t resist and jumped off the freeway and just mosied on down the road. Another vacation we were on, we saw a sign for the Appalachian Trail. We jumped off the road, parked the car and just started hiking up the trail. Agenda’s are ok to be broken sometimes. And those are the times we remember the best! Love your Blogs!


  2. Mary Van Beek Says:

    Craig it sounds to me as if you actually completed a to do list today . The thing is it was the masters list .Oh that more of us take time to listen to the master and take time to finish his lists.


  3. Craig T. Owens Says:

    Rhonda & Mary, I say Amen! It’s nice to have lists (the right one) but it’s also nice to “go with the flow.” I love Both-And living… it’s much fuller than Either-Or!


  4. barney Says:

    Craig even if you wanted to sit still and do nothing on the to do list you couldn’t anyway. I agree with Rhonda and Mary you got more done than if you would have worked off a list. Gods list is always the main list anyhow. Love you and I’ll work on my mission.


  5. Kelly L. Mosher Says:

    Love & respect from this way too!


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