Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

IMG_0106I once was the poster child for routines and “to do” lists. The rush I got each time I crossed off something on the list was intoxicating. This focusing on details gave me a momentary sense of control and power.

But then there were those days when the “to do” list was left unfinished because I had either overextended myself or my day was rudely interrupted. Having not received my daily fix of control and power. I drifted off to sleep listening to the haunting melody of shame and disappointment.

Like so many I had drunk the Kool-Aid. Believing the messages that if you do this, buy this, become this kind of person you can have a great life. One filled with love, power and recognition. Although I was living the American Dream, dissatisfaction, unhappiness and the nagging feeling there was more to life than the daily grind were my daily companions.

Thankfully, I stopped focusing on me. Instead, focusing on Jesus and building His Kingdom. In the process, my vision of a life of significance totally changed.

I no longer make daily, monthly, yearly “to do” lists. I identify the “one thing” I must accomplish each day. Any other accomplishments are icing on the cake. By the way, I sleep like a baby at night. No more melancholy lullabies.

I say no more than I say yes. Protecting my daily “empty time” is paramount to my spiritual and physical being and my happiness.

When “hell” is breaking loose around me. I ask myself. In one year will this matter? Most of the time my answer is no. For those times it isn’t no. I ask the Lord to teach me what I need to learn in order to travel to the next “life crossroad”.

This journey to becoming who I was created to be is challenging at times, but it’s also one I will never regret beginning because today:

  • I see the forest, not the trees.
  • I don’t sweat the small stuff.
  • I stop to smell the roses.
  • I want to be the best version of me.

My focus was radically adjusted that Sunday almost fourteen years ago when I decided to make my daily “to do” list a daily “to be” list.

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Thanks for listening to my voice! Feel free to like and share it with your friends.

Have a great day! Rita

Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!

3 thoughts on “20/20 Vision

  1. stacilys says:

    Being suspected as having ADHD, lists have never worked for me. I, too, have learned what it means to be a Mary and not a Martha. Phew!

    1. Rita Poynor says:

      Didn’t you find that once you had an encounter with Jesus. Everything you thought was important wasn’t, and the Martha personality gradually disappeared. I think that’s why I love worship and talking with Him throughout my day. Who would want to do anything else but gaze upon His face? Have a wonderful day Stacilys!

      1. stacilys says:

        It didn’t disappear easily though, that’s for sure. The push of the expectations of others, society, culture. It was only after He spoke some very specific words to me that I was able to see that all that was required of me was to do what He had called me to.
        Blessings Rita.

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