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Keeping Lists

Summer 2003

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Most of us keep to-do lists. But might we take God's instructions with the same seriousness, wonders Bob Snyder

I couldn't do without 'to do' lists. Recently, I read an interesting list for growing older! Written by a Harvard medical school professor, 'Aging Well - Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life' suggests the following:

don't smoke
adopt an adaptive coping style
avoid alcohol abuse
maintain a healthy weight
keep stability in marriage
look out for the younger generation
exercise regularly
complete an education [1]

The Bible suggests that God keeps lists as well. 'There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:

haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies and
a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.'
(Proverbs 6:16-19)

As we draw up this week's 'to-do' list, let's seriously consider and act upon God's list.

This article was published in Lessons Learned on the Journey, a weekly journal available by e-mailing


  1. Vaillant, GE. Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development. London: Little, Brown & Co, 2002

Article written by Bob Snyder

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