A Place for Everything Refresh

A place for everything, and everything in its place.

This is key for organization. It’s not cute boxes and nifty shelves. It’s things assigned to and in places. When they are needed, they can be found and used; when they are not needed, they return to base.

Unfortunately, jazzy systems can only go so far. Putting everything in place, no matter how wonderful that place is, requires discipline. Ugh!

Now, we’re not talking boot camp discipline here. Perfectionism is not required, even though it would keep those shelves absolutely perfectly organized. But that (fortunately) is not the ultimate goal.

Keeping things orderly has several purposes, but none that should be overtaken. Reflecting God’s character is lovely, but obsessive organization shouldn’t become a god. Making the best use of our resources is ideal, but shouldn’t be the ultimate driver. Saving time is great, but we don’t need more time just for the sake of having free time.

Keeping things in place is a way to serve God, your family, and everyone around you. If you make a habit of using things and then returning them to a reasonable location, you will have fewer hindrances as you fulfill your purpose.

  • The frustration you feel when your home is a disaster area can be minimized.
  • The time wasted searching for necessary books and papers before school can be converted to a calm departure and good conversation on the way to school.
  • You don’t have to tear the house apart for a bandaid when the skinned knee comes limping in from outside.
  • Guests are welcomed to a home that is lived in but not hazardous.
  • Bills can be paid on time rather than lost in scattered stashes of mail.

Basically, it’s not rocket science or out-of-reach creativity. You can do the simple, basic steps needed to bring order to your household and life. Not perfect order, but purposeful order.

Be Humble

Humility. That’s a big concept. That’s a hard concept.

We know our Lord was humble. We know the promised rewards are great.

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)

Yes, please. Give me life! But what does that mean in daily life?

I…urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)

It means…

  • Focused on our calling as children of God rather than our exalted status related to others.
  • Gentleness instead of running over everyone in our path.
  • Patience instead of demanding results right now, or answers right away.
  • Bearing with one another — putting up with people or behaviors that aren’t what we prefer or aren’t at the maturity level we think they should be — instead of correcting every little thing or cutting off anyone who doesn’t meet our standards.
  • Maintaining unity instead of focusing on different approaches and styles.
  • Promoting harmony and peace instead of fueling conflict.

How can we possibly see this in our lives?

…forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:12)

Does anyone put up with you? Do you need to mature? Who has loved you with an everlasting love and patiently draws you to Himself? How much has He forgiven you?

Think on that as you walk humbly today.