Is Organization the Priority?

Orderly KitchenWhatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (Colossian 3:17)

We all need a certain level of organization to help us function in the whole of life—to get things done, to find things when we need them, to maintain a level or order in the home that helps us to function well.

Some of us need more or less structure than others. Some folks (not naming names here) have great need for order, but struggle with the practical skills and habits to maintain an organized environment. Others can be like Martha Stewart on steroids, slavishly bound to standards of perfection that rival any cover of a home magazine.

Order helps us to be productive.

God is a God of order—process, roles, and relationships. Order to the steps. Orderly systems are an aspect of His nature and His creation. In our homes, when there isn’t a functional level of order, chaos can run rampant. Quickly. In God’s design, motivation and relationships take priority over process.

When disorder takes over…

I am often amazed at how fast pesky little piles of clutter grow and multiply. A good chore routine can fall by the wayside as busy schedules make it  easy to neglect the smaller tasks that can wait until later.

When disorder reigns, we can struggle with  self esteem because things are a mess, the kids are misbehaving, and important details slip through the cracks. We can become cranky and impatient as frustration overshadows good intentions.

Order and peace provide a place for families, personalities, and relationships to grow.

Remember that we serve God through blessing our families and the attitude we have is important: Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. Colossians 3:23

When we keep this verse in mind, the mundane tasks like folding laundry, preparing meals, and helping with homework take on a larger significance.

How does order help your family to grow?

 

14 Comments

  1. Great reminder! Thanks Ginger!

    • Ginger Harrington

      Sweet friend, I have learned so much in this area of life from you!! I am grateful for sure. It’s a blessing to have encouragers in your life:)

  2. Unfortunately, I’m a compulsive organizer! I need to learn to chill a little.

  3. I have had to become more organized with having kids and all, but I’m still flexible. Like right now… I am on the computer while there’s laundry and dishes, and toys thrown here and there. 😉

  4. That is my favorite bible verse!! I need that reminder everyday!

  5. I sometimes have to put it on the back burner when the kids are home. There is plenty of time to organize when they leave!

  6. It was so nice to meet you at the MOPS meeting last week. I have a page full of notes and quotes from your talk on this topic and can’t wait to share it with my readers. Looking forward to following along in this wonderful devotional resource to keep life in perspective and our focus on the One in control. Thank you!

    • Ginger Harrington

      Loved meeting you too! You guys have a great group and I love your blog! I am so glad you got good stuff from the material!

  7. WOW! I should’ve read this yesterday.
    Thanks Ginger!

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