A Heavy Dose of Perspective

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 188:24 NIV)

It was just a quick check-up at the doctor’s office…or at least that’s what it was supposed to be.  My “to-do-list” resembled a mile-long scroll and several deadlines loomed like a thunder cloud ready to burst. But, the appointment would take just a few minutes. Just enough time to catch my breath.

“Good morning Mrs. Jaynes,” the cheery receptionist greeted. “May I see your insurance card please?”

We went through the regular check-in procedure and then I settled in a comfy chair with a magazine that I would not have normally read.  I knew I wouldn’t have time to read a full-length article…since this was just a quick visit.  My, oh my, the trouble those Hollywood folks get into.

Ten minutes turned into fifteen turned into twenty turned into thirty.  My to-do list began growing heavier and heavier in my mind.

“Excuse me,” I interrupted the receptionist.  “My appointment was thirty minutes ago.  Did they forget me?”

“I’m so sorry,” she reassured me.  “I’ll check on it right away.”

In just a few moments, a nurse appeared at the door.  “Mrs. Jaynes, come right this way.”

My second stop was into a stark treatment room with more magazines.  “Oh well, let’s see what Brittany did last year,” I mumbled to myself.  At least I was in the room.  That was good.

The clock continued to tick. With each passing minute my frustration grew. “I’m glad he’s not checking my blood pressure,” I grumbled to no one in particular.

Fifty minutes after I had walked into the office for my quick 5-minute check-up, the doctor himself walked into my room. My to-do list was magnified in my mind. My time was important too, you know. I didn’t have time to sit around and read out-dated gossip magazines!

The doctor was actually a friend of mine, but I was feeling less than friendly. Ice Queen is a description that comes to mind when I think of my probable appearance.

“Hi Sharon,” he began. “I’m sorry you have had to wait so long. I have been with a patient and had to tell her that she has terminal cancer. It took longer than I thought.”

Suddenly, my icy countenance began to melt into a puddle on the shiny tile floor and tears pooled in my eyes. I was upset about not checking insignificant frivolous errands off my to-do list, and the woman in the next room was pondering how she was going to spend her last days on earth. I envisioned her walking to her car and coming up with a brand new to-do list for her day.

#1 Live well

#2 Love well

Yes, I did have a check-up that day. God was the doctor and He looked into my heart to see that my perspective on life needed surgery. What’s really important? My silly list of errands? No. What should be at the top of my to-do list today and every day is:  #1 Live well.  #2 Love well. Celebrate each day as an incredible gift from God.

 Let’s Pray

Dear God, Thank You for another day of life. Sometimes I can get so caught up in my silly little lists that I lose perspective of the true meaning of life. Help me to live my days glorifying You with every breath that I take and step that I make.  In Jesus’ Name,  Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What is at the top of your to do list today?

Consider making a new to do list and including what you think God would have you do today.

Wouldn’t it be fun to see what your sisters are scheduled to do today? Leave a comment and tell me the first 5 items on your list. Be honest…not that you wouldn’t be.  I’m not looking for overly spiritual, I’m looking for real girlfriend stuff!

 Want More? 

One of the things that is at the top of my to-do list for today is to love my husband the way he longs to be loved…the way God would have me love him.  If you would like to learn more about keeping your marriage in the top 5 of your to-do list, check out my book,

6 Responses to A Heavy Dose of Perspective

  1. Heather Rinehart June 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Wow Sharon! Not only was that wonderful to read, but I just want to commend you on sharing such a vulnerable moment in your relationship with Christ. Perspective is what we need. Thank you for sharing such a “human” moment. =) It was powerful.

  2. Erika June 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    The first 5 items on my list today:
    Pray about the best way to communicate boundaries to our teenage daughter’s prospective boyfriend.
    Finish and send a consulting proposal.
    Take daughter to doctor.
    Work on website updates.
    Prepare for big Tuesday night meeting for work.

    Sharon – today’s message made me stop and re-evaluate the priority of today’s to-do list to make sure that God and my family are put before my obligations to work. Thank you for being such a wonderful sister in God!

  3. nancy V June 12, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    Thank you Sharon This is just what God wants me to hear today…… 🙂

  4. Karen in Chicopee June 12, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Dear Sharon,

    As usual, your stories are right on the spot. I too went through the same thing last Friday at the Doctor’s office (for my mom). Unfortunately, the doctor wasn’t as forthcoming! I was so angry that I had to return to work with my mom (and her reading book/she is 80) after everyone had gone home! Wish I had read this before my appointment…believe me I would have obviously had a different perspective.

    Thank you for sharing and starting my day off right with prayer (even this was yesterday’s message)

  5. elise daly parker June 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    So interesting…Holley Gerth is talking about perspective today too…and you know, it’s just what I need to hear about. My perspective needs a little tune up lately. Thanks to you and God who always knows just what we need!
    1. Go to the gym.
    2. Catch up on my bible study.
    3. Finish editing this month’s articles.
    4. Post my blog.
    5. Eat well today.
    Oh…and be nice to everyone who comes across my path. Say it with a smile. Look for ways to love my husband and my kids!

  6. Lusanda June 28, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    You are a God sent…

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