How Much Should You Put on the Honey Do List?

My favorite speed is wide open. My business to-do list is very long. Actually, it’s more like a wish list. I wish I had time to do it all. Many a great idea is sitting in a notebook waiting to happen.

Our family also has a list that is very long. I have become great at delegating over the years.

Bob is off this week. I am not sure how I missed that. I told him if I had known, I would have prepared a honey do list. He laughed. About an hour later, I had one for him. I think he was apprehensive at first. Perhaps his mind jumped to the Thanksgiving weekend when I decided we needed to repaint 2 large rooms. This time, I only put 3 small things on it. I really need or would prefer his help with those, and I believe he had somewhat already expressed that interest.

Should we give our spouse a honey do list?

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Genesis 2:18

When God created Eve, He had in mind that she would be a help to Adam, and Adam would not have to be alone. I think we all can appreciate that.

Now, how do we know how much to put on that list? Perhaps a better question would be to reverse it. How much do you want your spouse to put on your list? If you are driven, I encourage you to give the following verses some thought.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 10:27-28

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Ephesians 5:18-21

First, note that Jesus leads His sheep. He does not drive them. We are not to be driven. To be like Christ would be to lead not drive. Second, we are to submit one to another, but also note the manner – “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” If you try to put too much on your spouse’s to do list, I am not sure that either of you will be singing and thanking God.

LIFE APPLICATION

Today’s challenge is to be willing to help and to be willing to ask for help. Be considerate of your spouse and others when making that request. Remember, they may already have their own personal to do list waiting for them. Be sure to be a cheerful giver, filled with the Spirit, and doing all things unto the Lord.

Realize your winning potential today by being a submissive and caring spouse and / or friend and taking on that to do list a little bit at a time.

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