Getting things done:
“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” (Proverbs 14:4)
You need to do both. But things will not stay perfectly organized, and there will be times when they get almost totally out of hand.
That’s OK. The manger won’t always be clean, and it’s worth it.
Keep things as orderly as you can, and when they get out of control for a while, make sure to eventually take time to clear the decks.
You shouldn’t generally have to chose. But if you have to for a time, fruitfulness is more important than organization.
And, don’t begrudge the time you have to spend getting and keeping things organized. That’s a necessary part of things, which is the main point of the verse.
I know that most semesters started a few weeks ago, but Alex Chediak’s book Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World! is worth remembering at this time of year.
If you are in college I would highly recommend getting a copy of Alex’s book, and if you have a friend or family member in college, I would highly recommend getting them a copy.
I’ve blogged on the book before, and here’s the description from Randy Alcorn’s blurb, and a few other blurbs as well:
“Most Christian young people go to college without specific goals and are unprepared for the challenges that await them. While some prosper spiritually, most get derailed, and an alarming number abandon their faith. Alex has written an insightful and useful book to help college-bound people know what to expect, how to prepare for it, and what to do to avoid the pitfalls.” Randy Alcorn
“There is no better guide to college than this.”
Alex and Brett Harris, best-selling authors of Do Hard Things
“Written by an ‘insider’–a former student, now a professor, this book addresses all the issues a student might face. An excellent gift for all high school seniors.”
Jerry Bridges, best-selling author of The Pursuit of Holiness
“A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights in the bag are his work.” (Proverbs 16:11)
And, God doesn’t have the sacred / secular distinction that many today have, in the sense of implying that the secular arena is insignificant and unimportant. For God is not only the one who is ultimately behind all justice; he actually takes delight in it:
“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.” (Proverbs 11:1)
For more on this, see John Piper’s sermon “The Pleasure of God in Public Justice.”
From Scott Belsky, in Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality:
- Improving your personal organizational habits
- Engaging a broader community
- Developing your leadership capability