We often leave things undone. Many of us can take a walk around the house to view the undone. Laundry that needs to be folded and put away, dishes to be washed, bills to be paid, a bed that needs making all speak undone. These probably sound frivolous to many of us and if we have a choice, these are not the things we would choose to do. They seem to fall to the bottom of any list they may have been on at any time. There will be more laundry, dishes, bills and the bed never stays made. So why bother?
And then there are things we should not leave undone. There are items on our to-do list that may seem unnecessary but are actually really important. There are projects that won’t ever make the list that should be on the top. There are opportunities, gifts awaiting to be shared that are possibly undiscovered. How does this happen? What might we have missed?
I am thinking of the hidden undone. How about the unwritten notes that we meant to send? You know, the notes we were going to send to someone to let them know we were thinking of them. How about the notes we had in mind to share to brighten someone’s day but they fell to the wayside? How about the simple ‘Hello’ notes just to share a smile? Those notes are important but we let them go because other things call for our attention. How about the calls we were going to make, but haven’t yet? The check-in calls just to make sure someone is okay and to see if something is needed. The loving calls just to make sure someone else knows they are loved and missed. How about the meals that are uncooked? You know, the meals we were going to share around the table with friends but decided it was too much work. Or the meals we were going to take to someone shut in but time got away from us. There are even unsung songs that are waiting to be lifted. What is the big deal? Songs are often an expression of praise back to our Creator. They are offerings of gratitude and joy that are left unsung.
My point is that we have so many things left undone that we consider useless that God just might be using in important ways. Maybe we explore our undone to see how God might be working in and through us, in the to-be done.
1 Corinthians 3:8-10
8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. 9 For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.
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