Don’t Let Your To-Do List Overwhelm You! Here’s How You Can Finish It

Joseph Rahm

Dealing with the effects of COVID-19 has been a trying time for many of us. You may have found yourself pulling out your hair, wrangling the children during distant learning, leading a business with very little face-to-face communication, or anywhere in between! But don’t give up yet. You will complete the tasks at hand. Here are a few things to remember that will help you finish well.

 

The act of “growing up” is no short process.

 

In Ephesians 4, Paul writes that Jesus Christ has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers to the church. Their purpose is to “equip the saints for the good work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we attain the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.” He continues a few verses later, teaching that we, as Christians, are to “grow up in every way into Him who is the head, Jesus Christ.”

Part of what the apostle Paul is saying here is that the process of “growing up” is a journey. It’s one that requires a great deal of equipping and preparation. How many of us can say we have fully attained everything that we want? If we’re being honest, I don’t think any of us could answer affirmatively to that question. It will take some time to complete the work that is before us. We will not only finish the journey but can also enjoy it when we learn to appreciate the time and grace we are given.

 

We are called to run with perseverance.

 

The writer of Hebrews confirms the idea that our spiritual walk is a journey. He writes, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us” (Hebrews 12). Life is a marathon—not a 100-meter dash. The race is long, and we are promised obstacles in our life, yet we are called to run with perseverance. The challenges we face in life are not something that God has called us to simply walk away from. As Christians, we must dive deeper into our faith in Jesus Christ when we face trials and temptations of all kinds–even when our tendency is to isolate ourselves from these adverse circumstances.

You can take hope in the reality that Christ is with you right now. He has called you to walk through the challenges in your path, and He has given you what you need to do this if you rely solely on Him.

 

Always look to Jesus.

 

Remember, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is no stranger to difficult times. Just after the author of Hebrews calls us to run the race with perseverance, he reminds us to continue to look to Jesus: “the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Let us remember–regardless of our circumstances, challenges, trials, tribulations, or temptations–Jesus Christ understands. He endured the cross. He despised the shame. And, He is now seated at the right hand of God. Let us continue to run the race of life with perseverance and endurance, finishing strong and honoring God the entire time. He sees you. He knows you. And, He is with you.