I spent several days last week in personal retreat and then helping with a group retreat. It was a good reminder of the importance of “being still and knowing God is God”. So often I am caught up in my “to do” list I forget my “to be” list.
So, what items would I put on my “to be” list? Here are some thoughts:
- To be… at peace, I take my anxieties, fears, challenges to God (Philippians 4:6-7)
- To be… strong, I take time to live in the joy of the Lord. It means enjoying the good things of God while also sharing with others – not as a task but as a celebration
- To be… confident, I remember that no matter where I go or what I face, God is there to see me through
- To be… faithful, I spend time with God who works in me to transform me more and more into the likeness of His son, Jesus
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
I will admit, I am better at focusing on my “to do” list all the while hoping my “to be” list will take care of itself. I confess, that doesn’t work well – actually, it doesn’t work at all. So, the time I spent off away from the normal “to do” stuff really made a difference. It also reminded me that taking that time, even for a few minutes a day, can help me “be” better.
How about you? Do you have a “to be” list? Do you find time away? Do you find time each day to be with God and not just do for God and others?
Holy high-five to you,