People are different… when you wake up in the morning do you jump out of bed ready to go for the day… or do you drag yourself to the coffee machine after hitting the snooze button four times?
Do you have a plan for the day or just create the plan as you go?
Do you add things to your To Do list that you have already done just so you can cross them off or do you not have a To Do list?
Are you in bed by 9 p.m. or more like midnight pressing into hours of the following day?
A lot depends on your situation, job, health, living space, kids, etc.
I found this To Do list from someone who was recovering from depression, loss of job, anxiety etc. Her to do list for each day was simply four things that all started with the letter S.
1. Shower – every day no matter if you are going somewhere or not
2. Stretch – do some sort of exercise as simple as it might be (for her it was stretching)
3. Sunshine – find a place in the sun to brighten your mood
4. Something Specific – it doesn’t have to be big, but something specific predetermined to do each day so you know you have to get up and do this thing. It might just be vacuum the living room, might be call this friend, or pick up milk, possibly drop off a resume at a certain location.
Those four things gave her life purpose each day and she was doing well and for her, those four things daily were helping her overcome the challenges she faced.
That might not be the answer for everyone. But if you’re reading this, your life has purpose.
You have a reason to live; you matter!
In Ephesians 4:1 - 3 Paul says, “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Paul could have said I have no purpose… I’m a prisoner what can I do? Instead he found purpose in writing to encourage the churches.
He refers to his purpose as a calling; his To Do list was to encourage people to walk step by step, moving forward with humility, gentleness, patience, love, diligence and peace.
It can be a challenge to find daily and lifelong purpose, your calling in life, and to have a To Do list, either written out or memorized, so you can daily walk in some direction. However, the Bible teaches our calling and purpose is imparted as a part of who God is in all of us.
You have it and just need to discover it and then use it to serve others.
Blessings and Wisdom,