I’ve decided there are two—no three—things that make my day go better. The one is—or at least, should be—a “given”: spending time in God’s Word. But unfortunately, it often becomes only an item to be hurried through so I can get to my to-do list (which is the second). Yet if I do really focus on the Word I am reading, then the songs I sing (number three) as I do my to-do’s have more joy in them. And all three go together to make my day so much better!
There’s something about crossing items off a list that not only makes them more doable, but gives an incentive to get them done. Who hasn’t written down an already accomplished task just to be able to cross it off the list? I’ve learned that planning my day with a prioritized to-do list helps ensure I get not just something done, but the important things done. It also helps me feel like I’ve accomplished something and not only answers my husband’s question of “What are you going to do today?” but ensures I don’t forget something he asked me to be sure to get done. The real reason behind my to-do list is truly that I am so scatter-brained these days that I always feel like I’m running in circles, so my list gives me direction and prevents me from forgetting what I need to do!
I learned long ago that singing improves not only my attitude, but that of those around me. I remember helping baby-sit my cousins, and when all else failed in making them settle down, I’d start singing “Trust and Obey” and they’d all chime in and become little angels (or something close). Later, when working in the state capitol, I learned that other people noticed the happy mood of my humming, even when I didn’t know a tune was on my lips. And now, even though my little girls can’t repeat the words, they catch the mood of Mommy’s singing: Mary quiets her crying at the sound of my voice and Ruth sings her own wordless little songs along with me. And naturally, if I’m singing cheerful songs I can’t help but feeling more cheerful.