What’s on Your Checklist?

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

(Matthew 6:33 NLT)

I appreciate checklists. They keep me organized and on top of things. But when checklists spiral out of control, they can create unnecessary problems. When people make a checklist of things in life that they would like to check off – things that are beyond their control – they can become manipulative, upset and miserable. Manipulative because they begin to take matters in their own hands; upset because the list doesn’t get checked off as soon as they would like it to or the way they would like it to; and miserable because even when the list does get checked off, it still doesn’t bring the fulfillment they were looking for.

God, who is a God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33), also has a checklist in place. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” God is not opposed to us having a checklist. What He’s against is a self-centered checklist. When we put Him first, He’ll give us everything we need. Make Him a priority and not a last resort and everything else on the checklist will be checked off in His way and His time.

Make God a first priority not a last resort.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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