Whether you’re caring for a new baby, a sick child, an aging parent, or you’re nurturing the work you love, some days can feel like the work is never done.
I often find it hard to go to sleep when all my tasks haven’t been checked off my to-do list. It feels like I can only draw my day to a close when I’m able to shut the book on that list. But what is a life when it’s lived chasing after a list?
I hope you’ll take a deep breath and receive this blessing today:
May you give yourself a moment to take a few deep breaths.
May the Lord guide you to the reason you work as hard as you do.
May you acknowledge that God is working and watching out for you, bringing peace to your racing heart.
May you remember that life is more than lists.
Life is moments connected by time and love: a hand slipped slowly into yours on a walk, the joy of a puppy, bedtime prayers recited together.
May you never give yourself so wholeheartedly to your lists that you forget to live your life.
You are more than the sum of your check marks.
Consider tomorrow’s to-dos. What can you rearrange or move to make space for life to happen?
These are the moments that will fuel your energy and passion for the work you must do.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (Proverbs 17:22)
*For deeper reflection, listen to Proverbs 17 today.
- Proverbs 17
Taken from Near in the Night by Emily Ley. Copyright © 2023 by Emily Ley. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com.