I’m a “get it done” kind of girl.
Make the lunches. Do the laundry. Plan the event. Meet the need. Accomplish the goal.
You get the idea. Each day has a task list to be tackled, wrestled to the ground, and annihilated. Ok, that might be a bit strong, but some days are a battle against the clock to get it all done, and my competitive (or, should I say perfectionistic) nature goes into overdrive.
I am not alone. Our culture is full of get it done people. We love “doing.”
We earn the degree. We make a living. We exercise. We plan events. We run errands, manage finances, serve our churches, and overcome crises. We. Do. All. The. Time.
Yet this morning I was reminded that “doing” doesn’t always get the prize. “Doing” only accomplishes my agenda; it doesn’t accomplish God’s. (Newsflash: God’s agenda almost always looks differently than ours.)
So what is on God’s agenda? Character.
Scripture is full of stories in which God is far more concerned with who someone is rather that what someone does. God urged:
- Adam and Eve to be faithful
- King David to be honest
- Jonah to be obedient
- Esther to be brave
- Daniel to be determined
- Hosea to be committed
- Peter to be loyal
- and, Paul to be willing to suffer for Him.
In God’s economy, being is better than doing. Character matters.
As I came across Psalm 15 today, God pricked my own heart, my attitudes, and yes, even my task list. Check it out:
Occasionally, my task list shouts at me, demanding that I respond to the tyranny of the urgent. Today, however, will not be one of those days. Today, I will be. I don’t have the luxury of tearing up my task list, but I can use Psalm 15 as a filter for who I am as I work.
What about you? Are you falling victim to the tyranny of the urgent? Are you managing your task list rather than cultivating your character? Today, be still and know that He is God. Nothing else is as important.