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Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Well Ordered Life

The Bible does not record Jesus running. I feel certain He probably did as a boy in play but as a man He always knew where He was going and went without rushing. That seems amazing.

My solution or avoid rushing would be to make a to-do list and never deviate from it. This was not Jesus. He was often interrupted on His journey from one place to the next. He was where He needed to be even with the interruptions.

I wonder if the time He spent in prayer gave Him His direction for each day. Did He get an assurance that He would do certain things each day even if He had interruptions? No, I think His prayers developed a character that recognized the importance of each interruption. It wasn't an interruption at all. It was an unplanned item on His to-do list.

A well ordered life is not one that has a to-do list which dictates the moments of each day. A well ordered life is one that has the character to recognize the value in each moment. Some moments must be spent in work and some in play. Some moments must be spent with family and others with someone in need. Many items will never make it to your to-do list because they could not have been anticipated. However they should have been there if you had known they were coming.

It is a mistake to live each day without a plan. It is also a mistake to live each day without any deviation from your plan. God has a way of adding spices to our day's recipe. He greets us with an opportunity for service. He gives us the privilege of representing Him in these unplanned moments.

A well ordered life is one with eyes open. It is a life of trust. It knows not what the future holds but always knows Who holds the future.

Proverbs 16:9 (NASB) says :The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

This is the well ordered life.

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