Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Life is working down your list by Terry Burns

The key to life is working down your list. 

We've all got a list. Life starts getting the best of us when our list gets out of control, but all we can do is take the items on it one at a time and try to take care of that single item. 

Sometimes we can't seem to get that done. That often means we have a task on our list that is too large to get done so it defeats us, confounds us. That's when we need to break it down into parts, small pieces that we can accomplish, and work it down that way.

A list is immortal. We never finish it, and when we die someone else has to take over what is left on our list and finish the items on it, along with the task of planting us. But what if there's something on our list we simply can't do? We all know the Serenity Prayer, "Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference."

This is a classic, and it became a classic because of the eternal truth contained in it. We have to know when to turn things over to God. I'm bad about that. I was raised as many men were to saddle my own broncs and take care of my own problems, to accept responsibility for taking care of those in my charge.

The Lord has taken me to the woodshed several times for that, let me crash and burn for trying to do things myself instead of turning them over to him. I do have to learn what I can and should do and what I need to turn over to the Lord, and I need to seek his counsel and guidance in the rest of it.

I have a lot of trouble breaking myself of riding that old horse named pride. I've ridden him far too often.


Jeanette Levellie said...

Thank you, Terry, for your transparency. Those spankings from the Lord aren't any fun, are they? Ask me how I know.

I guess part of growing up is learning to say, "Help me, Lord."

Bless you for helping us grow up,

Diana said...

Great pearls of wisdom here for us all Terry. You remind us we all share the same struggles. I often think of the movie, "What About Bob?"
Baby steps- that is how I often get to my goals. I baby step my way or break it down into little pieces as you recommend here. Oh that we never cease to need Him to rescue us from time to time. He is our helper in times of trouble. No other God like Him, is there :-)

Oscar said...

Amen, Brother!

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

Great reminder, Terry! I love how you said you've been taken to the woodshed a few times!!

And I've certainly ridden the same old horse you have too!

Always learning and growing . . .

Lynda Schab said...

So true, Terry! Being in control is so overrated, isn't it? So much easier to lean on Him. :-)