A New Kind Of List
I made a list today. This isn’t a big surprise. I love lists, and I’ve even been known to make a list including something I’ve already done just for the joy of checking it off. (Maybe that can be our secret?) I think it’s my type A personality.
I’ve made To Do Lists, Job Lists, Honey Do Lists, Work Lists, Summer Lists, Book Lists….and the list goes on.
This doesn’t even take into account the lists in my head. You know, the ones that loom like a dark cloud over everything you do. The lists that are not tasks so much as expectations of ourselves. I’m great at the I Should Be lists. I should be thinner, prettier, better at praying, get up earlier, a better mom, a better wife and on and on and on. This list never seems to end.
But the list I made today was different.
I made a list of good things…things I’ve done.
Before I get too deep I’m going to keep this real. In the spirit of full disclosure this list had everything to do with my health (and I only say that because saying weight loss isn’t as trendy). I’m trying to lose weight because it’s an area I want to be healthier in. The tricky part is not linking this to my worth, but that’s for another day.
I’m trying to lose weight…actively trying. And the scale is not moving as much as I want it to. I struggle with getting discouraged. Giving up. Eating whatever I want. But back to my list.
I realized this morning that I may not be at my goal, but I’ve made a lot of progress. I’m drinking more water everyday. I’m moving my body five or six days a week. I’m eating less empty foods.
None of these things put me where I want to be, but they are accomplishments along the way. When we forget to look at those, we can easily lose hope.
We get wrapped up in all the things we are not, we forget about all the things we are. Somehow, it has become more accepted to talk about our flaws and failures than our strengths and successes.
We forget that when Jesus looks at us, He doesn’t see a list of all the things we should be. He sees all of the beautiful things we are. And thankfully this list has nothing to do with weight loss.
Whatever you are working on in your life, whatever is discouraging you or leaving you feeling less than worthy, take a moment and make a list. Look at all the things you are accomplishing and be encouraged today friend!
About Becky Hastings
I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.