When I was teaching, I had a homeroom class of sixth graders. They were exuberant, eager, willing-to-learn young men and women who were entering the world of junior high for the first time.
Many new tasks and skills were before them and they needed to learn them and practice them if they were to succeed in school. One of these tasks was organization.
At the beginning of the school year and at various times throughout the year, I would check their lockers to see how messy or organized they were. Some students had a natural ability to keep things structured with labels, color coded folders and book covers, etc. Other students however, could rival the rodent nests I found on my farm.
At the end of the year, I knew that some students would need continued work in their organizational skills and others would be able to tackle the next steps for their academics.
So to is it with us. Every January many people make lofty goals for their resolutions and every February it seems that those resolutions were tossed out like last years calendars.
Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”.
Instead of trying to change your whole world, why not ask God what He desires to change in you? Why not ask Him to show you where you need structure and organization? Is it in the way you pray? The way you use your time? Is it in the way you tithe? The relationships you have with those around you?
Just as my students needed the first steps of an ordered locker so that they were prepared for their classes, we need order in our world so we are prepared for the things God wants to teach us.
December 31, 2015 could see us looking at the world with new eyes.