I used to be a really self-righteous person. You know how some people say, “You name it, I’ve done it?” Well, I could probably say the opposite. I grew up as what the world would call a really “good” girl. In fact, my middle school nickname was Goody Squared. Get it? When you are by nature good, it is easy to see what others do that’s not and to get frustrated with them when they aren’t like you. This blog won’t be a place to air out all my dirty laundry, but suffice it to say that I made some decisions in my early twenties that showed me the high horse wasn’t exactly the place for me to ride.
Fast-forward about ten years. I’ve grown in experience, and I believe it’s time for me to look at the log in my eye. The Bible puts it this way in Luke 6:42, Amplified Version:
Or how can you say to your brother, Brother, allow me to take out the speck that is in your eye, when you yourself do not see the beam that is in your own eye? You actor (pretender, hypocrite)! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.
Many people really miss the true intentions of this verse. It doesn’t say, “Never judge anyone. Never tell them they’re doing wrong. Let them do their own thing.” That would be foolish. If I have found the truth, I must tell others. What Jesus is saying here is that I better know for sure that I am dealing with my own very big, very real issues before I point out anyone else’s. Then my experience will lead them to the great hope that I have found; I will be able to show them the way rather than just telling them.
Any article you read on starting a blog will tell you to find a niche. Here’s mine. I have issues. I need to work on them. However, I can’t do it alone…or at all. I must have the power of the Holy Spirit. So as I seek to address my disorganization, my financial issues, or my relationship woes, I will address them with scripture and with honesty.
So why organize? I know how disorganization makes me feel. I am telling the truth when I say I’ve sat in church at times thinking about the overwhelming need to clean my car or my house. I don’t have OCD. But I truly believe that chaos in the physical realm takes over what could be a peaceful mind. What does the Bible say about the need for organization? I consulted my friend Google on that very topic and came to this page. I didn’t think all the verses quite fit, but these do for me:
Proverbs 13:4 ESV The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
One of my favorite words is the word craved. I want to both crave and be satisfied. It sounds like I had better be diligent if I want to reach that level of satisfaction.
Habakkuk 2:2 ESV And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
If I can use this blog to make my vision plain, I will be able to run a successful race, with a mind unclouded by clutter or chaos.
In a future blog series, I’m going to address the book Made to Crave. If it taught me anything, it taught me that God cares about it all. If we care about it, so does He. If you are not letting God run your life in the way of helping you get organized, maybe it’s time to start. Let’s take the journey together.
What organizational goal do you have for yourself? How might I encourage you? Leave a comment below.