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?

 

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