SCRIPTURE: “Hear, O Israel, the decrees and laws I declare in your hearing today. Learn them and be sure to follow them.” – Deuteronomy 5:1 NIV
I have many favorite books which have nurtured my spiritual growth. A favorite I read at least a decade ago is Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Sarah provides a daily prescription of thought and action to focus your attention on the abundance ready to be experienced, immediately, with what is already in place and available. The suggested practice of maintaining order in your home and daily affairs resonated with me. I am an organized person who enjoys a clean home, a solid plan for my daily activities, knowing what I’m going to cook for dinner, and so on. It was refreshing and liberating to see that order is something that helps me experience abundance. Perhaps because an environment free of clutter can be a source of freedom. Order saves time when Items you need can be easily located. Your mind is able to focus, so you increase your performance of any task. The number of decisions you have to make can be reduced simply because the guidelines and boundaries order provides have made them already. And, it aids communication by setting clear expectations.
How wonderful it is to know that God has infused all of Creation with order. Everything we are learning about nature and science confirm an orderly design that is mind boggling! Additionally, God’s Law established structure and standards for the Israelites, setting them apart and teaching them how to live in prosperity. Ancient people, and people today alike, experience peace and harmony when their world, both at the macro and micro level, are free of chaos.
Each person has their own way of maintaining order. What may appear as clutter to you may be a meaningful compilation of something to you neighbor. Consider whether or not maintaining order is a Higher Choice.
“In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order.” – William Durant
A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)
Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.
|1. How do you think orderliness relates to knowing God and doing God’s will?|
|2. Is there an area of your home or work environment that needs to be de-cluttered?|
|3. Can you think of one rule or practice you can implement at home or work to establish more order?|
|Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.|
|Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.|