Savage ChickenI am on a mission to be more organized! It’s not that I’m particularly disorganized, just not organized in the right ways! For example, my desk drawer is VERY organized when it comes to my markers and pencils. These are highly treasured implements of writing and thinking for me (yes, I think with markers and pencils). But when it comes to my daily plan, ummm, not so organized. Or, to be more diplomatic, not the most effective organization plan for my day.

In such times of need, I turn, as often I do — to God. I figure God is the Creator of the Universe. Surely God should know something about organizing and could perhaps shed light on the subject. If we go Old-School God, then we’re talking creation. Now that was an organizing nightmare. How do you organize that which never existed before? There’s no precedence, there’s no one to ask for help, there’s no logic because even logic wasn’t created before creation!

The whole “order from chaos” thing is definitely impressive yet there is one simple phrase that brings me great comfort and inspiration:

“For God is a God not of disorder but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)

On days when the organizing feat of creating the universe is beyond my comprehension and sheds little light on my way more minor organizing needs, I turn to this passage because I get it immediately. Though there are a lot of good criteria for organizing my life, my projects, and my sock drawer, one of the most important is to be mindful of peace. Does this schema bring peace? Do I feel peaceful with how I’ve crafted the day’s schedule? Will my approach leave me feeling anxious or scattered? Will how I go about my plan (or non-plan as the case may be) cause anxiety or stress or become a burden to someone else?

What helps you with your organizing? How does peace play its part for you?