Love is Not a “To-Do” List

Meryl Herr
August 10, 2023

A thoughtful article showing how we can look to Jesus' example in his earthly ministry to find balance in our overwrought world of busyness.

"I love a to-do list so much that my brain likes to think everything in life–including following Jesus–needs to be broken down into smaller tasks so that they can be checked off. Do justice. Check. Love mercy. Check. Walk humbly before your God. Check. 

Okay, maybe I can’t check it all off because I’m an imperfect, finite human being. But even thinking about my life with Jesus as a to-do list is exhausting. It can lead to overwork—even burnout. And it’s not the way we’re to live or to love. That’s why I think it’s important to take our cues from Jesus—not only what he taught but how he lived. If we isolate the teachings of Jesus from his example, it’s easy to see how we can turn his commandments into items on a checklist."

Image: Photo by Christophe Hautier on Unsplash

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