There are a few phrases we pick up in elementary school that stick with us for life. Remember “I before E except after C?” or “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” When they were teaching you to cross the street you probably learned, “Stop, look, and listen.” Good advice.
But its also good advice for adults to drop the last two letters of that phrase and practice “Stop, look, and list.” Is there something God has spoken to you about, and He really wants you to do, but you haven’t begun because you just don’t know where to begin?
That overwhelmed feeling is common. And there’s only one way to overcome it. Stop, look, and list. Stop. Step back from the project a minute and think about what you’re trying to accomplish. Next look to the Lord for guidance and ask for His insight to accomplishing it. Finally, list the steps you need to take to make it happen.
Stop, look, and list. A good formula for redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.