This weekend I took on the project to clean out my office. For a while, it wasn’t my office. It had actually become a dumping ground for dirty clothes, junk mail, and a host of other things that I either didn’t know what to do with or was just too lazy or busy to put a way. It was a complete mess. What was meant to be a space for productivity became a place of chaos and disorder. Not much unlike my mind.
As a wife, mother of two toddlers, full-time worker and church volunteer my life can be pretty hectic at times. I am a creative person so I get some pretty fun ideas swirling around in my head but because I am also very detailed oriented all of the little pieces to all of those fun puzzles start swirling around as well. When things get busy, my mind starts looking like my office did, a lot going on but everything is out of order and out of place.
So determined to get my life back on track, I decided it was time to clean out my office. It is amazing how much cleaning out and organizing the physical space helped my mental space as well. Now that everything is in place and in order, I am way more productive. I’m learning how much the atmosphere around you really does impact you. When I was surrounded by chaos and disorder, I tried to function in that space but all I really got was more chaos and disorder. But now that I’m working in a warm, uncluttered space, I can see clearly and function more productively. Do you need to change anything about the space around you?
“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace…” 1 Corinthians 14: 33 (NIV)
I listened to a sermon today that had some really great points that I thought I would share. You could probably describe me as a control freak, type A personality or task oriented. These are great qualities to have because like Martha in the New Testament, I get things done. But sometimes I allow my plans to get in the way of God’s plan and this sermon was a great reminder to keep the main thing the main thing and that is making sure that whatever I do I need to spend time with Jesus. Here are some points from the sermon that really hit home for me. I hope they will help you too.
- Not everything that you don’t plan on happening is a distraction. Sometimes the things we have planned are the real distraction.
- It is illogical to believe that what is important to me should be important to everybody else.
- You trying to control somebody else’s priorities could be a cover up that you don’t have yours in order.
- Know the line where your responsibility ends and God’s sovereignty begins.
In a nation where everyone wants to make it big, we have to remember to not allow our successes to overshadow the One who brings about the success. For the last few days, I have had the Jimmy Needham song “Being Small” stuck in my head. The lyrics replay over and over through my mind reminding me why I am here on this earth. It’s not to be successful, or to be well-known, or well-liked. My purpose is to glorify God.
The words of the song say, “Whenever I climb too high, keep my feet on the ground. And if I get full of me, turn me upside down.” I love these lyrics because they are a timely reminder that my life is not about me. Right now, I’m in my late-twenties and I have had a great life that is destined to get better. I purchased my house at the age of 22, I completed my MBA by 25, and I have a promising career at one of the largest private firms in the country. Most of all I am married to a wonderful man and have a beautiful baby girl. But I can’t take the credit for any of my achievements. It is only by God’s grace and favor that I am where I am today. Thinking that I did it all on my own would only set me up for eminent failure in the long run because God will make it so that no flesh should glory in His presence. But if I point to Him as the key to my success, not only will He be glorified, there is blessing in it for me too.
My favorite line of the song is “You know pride and not just summer come before the fall, so if it’s you that’s getting bigger I don’t mind being small.” If I allow pride to puff me up, everything I stand on will crumble because there is no solid foundation to support me. The bible says that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. If I allow Him to get the glory, I know he will hold me up through every situation, both good and bad. In the words of John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” I have to get out of the way so that the world won’t see me, but so they can see the Savior.