The Dog Ate It

by Rhonda Rhea @RhondaRhea

Anytime it takes me an entire half-hour to write out my to-do list for the day, I know it’s a day I’m likely in for some hullabaloo. That’s what hullaba-happened yesterday. I’m not the most organized cookie on the block. The to-do list helps keep me from wasting my day flitting here and there without accomplishing the things that are most vital. So I built my list and numbered each item in order of importance.

Okay, since organization is not my best thing, the list was on a napkin. But at least I made it. In a few hours I had a couple of items checked off with about a dozen more to go. Still overwhelming, but I was making progress.

I figured I could make faster progress if I had coffee, so I went to whip up a pot. Here’s my to-do list tip for the day:  If you’re going to put your to-do list on a napkin, at least make sure you put something on top of it so it doesn’t float off the desk. By the time I got back with my coffee, the dog had run away with it. She was under the table in the dining room. Shredding.

The next part of the hullabaloo involved an intense chase scene. I fished most of the list out from under the table and a few pieces out from between LuLu’s molars. A half hour spent on a list that was suddenly coleslaw.

LuLu was trying to look innocent. Maybe she was even trying to help me. No to-do list means nothing to do, right? Isn’t a good shredding even better than a few check marks? Still, the list of all the work I was trying to accomplish at home was now dog chow. The dog really did eat my homework.

It was a good reminder, though, that there are times when all those good things on a to-do list need to give way to things that are most vital. It’s always a good test for me when I have deadlines up to my eyebrows, and I get a call from a friend who needs a listening ear. Or even when my kids want to play a game. Am I willing to shred my own agenda when the Lord might have a different one in mind? If there’s something that will bring him glory that’s not on my to-do list, am I willing to trade my list for his?

Colossians 3:2 (CSB) says to, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” Then a few verses later, we’re given this reminder: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17 CSB).

Whether in word or deed, whether on a napkin or over the phone—or even playing tiddlywinks—I want my agenda to ever and always line up with his.

Of course, we’ll have trouble playing tiddlywinks. LuLu ate them. I think she thought they were baked beans—which I’m guessing she thought would go well with the coleslaw.

The dog ate it:  thoughts on keeping life in line with God from @RhondaRhea on @AriseDailyDevo (Click to Tweet)

rhonda rheaAbout the author: Rhonda Rhea is a TV personality for Christian Television Network and a humor columnist for great magazines such as HomeLife, Leading Hearts, The Pathway and many more. She is the author of 12 books, including Fix-Her-Upperco-authored with Beth Duewel, and a hilarious novel, Turtles in the Roadco-authored with her daughter, Kaley Rhea. Rhonda and Kaley are also excited to be teaming up with Bridges TV host, Monica Schmelter, for a new book and TV series titled, Messy to Meaningful—Lessons from the Junk Drawer. Rhonda enjoys speaking at conferences and events from coast to coast and serves as a consultant for Bold Vision Books. She lives near St. Louis with her pastor/hubs and has five grown, mostly-coffee-drinking children. You can read more from Rhonda on her website or Facebook page.

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6 thoughts on “The Dog Ate It

  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post and you! And yes, I struggle too with prioritizing what’s best over what’s most urgent on my to-do list. Thank you Rhonda!

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