So, I am going to become more orderly and less messy. I am not going to become an “Obsessive-Compulsive” neat freak, or “Anal Retentive” or “Compulsive Decluttering”, all listed as mental disorders. I am going to make 1 Corinthians 14:40 my key verse in my pursuit of excellence in this area of orderliness, “But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.” My definition for orderliness is ” keeping my work areas organized for the sake of efficient accomplishment of my goals and tasks”. The discipline or inner strength required to keep my surroundings organized will then be the discipline and inner strength that keeps my soul organized. Externally, organization enhances my productivity, and internally being organized moves me to greater accomplishments. Ideas seldom become reality, because the person who has the idea can’t think orderly enough, that is in a linear way, sequentially, so that a plan is formulated, a dream is realized.
My life often seems a great illustration of the “Second Law of Thermodynamics” which in part says, “Left to themselves things will move towards chaos and confusion, and away from order and beauty”. Which means I must exert some control over this natural tendency for my extension cords to get tangled up all on their own while laying in a drawer.
In thinking through my plan to organize my work place surroundings, I will begin by adding this commitment to my early morning prayer of commitment, “today I will end any session of work in my shop or office with a time of putting things where they belong.” I will pray that commitment every morning for two weeks and then evaluate progress, and go from there.