Finding his list also filled me with delight because (and here is a dirty little secret) I am a list saboteur.
Yes, I like to add "to-do" items to other people's lists. Nothing I add to these lists is a chore; instead, on my husband's list of change air filters, check pressure in front tire, or fertilize backyard I might surreptitiously add hug your wife, ask your wife out on a date, or bring your wife flowers. Sometimes I just draw a heart, or a smiley face.
Nothing difficult, but my add-ons often bring a smile . . . and sometimes they even get done.
My son's list was a new territory for me. Should I scribble help your mom with the groceries? Tell your Mom she is the greatest?
Reviewing my various options, it dawned on me that lists always seem to deal with this physical world. . . what to do instead of how to be. What about a spiritual "to-do" list, one full of reminders on how to be a good person? Mentally, I made list.
- practice charity
- forgive someone
- help a stranger
- take a stand
- visit the sick
- read/watch something inspirational
- sing a hymn
- be a peacemaker
- be kind, smile, speak gently
I need a list like this.
Which brings me back to my son's list. There was nothing I wanted him to physically do, but there was so much that I wanted him to be. So, at the end of his list of turn in reading log, lift weights, type story I simply wrote: be a child of God.
And I drew a smiley face.