What is expected of us?

“So could you have that report to us by tomorrow so that we can have a few days to read it before the meeting?”

It seemed a simple enough request but the content of the report was not that easy to get – all of the information had to be gathered from other people in other States all of whom were working in voluntary positions. Then the information had to be formatted into a useful template and sent off, all of which takes time and ‘time’ this week happened to be every scarce.

I am right in the middle of one of those seasons where everything happens at once and my “to do list” looks like it has been heading to the gym and maybe even taking steroids…

What is expected of us?

Job descriptions, duty statements, ‘to-do lists’…a stereotype, a cultural norm or a family tradition… all of these put pressure upon us and impact our understandings and our actions.

They are the things we use to determine if we have done well, or if we have missed the boat a little or if things have gone wrong and we have totally sunk it!

We all have times when we succeed and we all have times when we fail. This week I will not be able to deliver all that is expected – but I will do the best that I can.

When we get past our immediate ‘to-do list’ and it comes to ‘weighing up’ the purpose and effect of our life – what can we really judge it against?

The Lord provides this as a rule to live by…

“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”                                      Micah 6:8

So if we can focus on ‘the right things’ – whatever they are and whenever they are required – If we can strive to bring justice and equity to all, through all of our words and all of our deeds – If we can have an open, honest and transformational relationship with the God of the universe…then I think we can relax and say – “we are doing ok!”

When I think of all the demands and all of the lists in my life – I realise that it is impossible to live up to them but I am so thankful that the Lord’s standard is one He is willing each day to help me strive to attain.


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