Thank you so much for following along with my Organization series! This is my final post in this series, but I would love to hear your thoughts or questions in the comments if you have any. To recap, here are my previous Organization Posts:
Organization in Work: Part 1
Organization in Work: Part 2
Organization in Time
Organization in the Home
Organization in Finance
Organization in my Personal Life
Organization in my Spiritual Life: Part 1
Organization in my Spiritual Life: Part 2
I hope you enjoy these final thoughts on the importance of Spiritual Organization!
6. Learn from others more mature than myself
Placing wise mentors, teachers, and friends in my life is key to staying on the right track and organized spiritually. This list goes far beyond my pastor! I want to learn from as many people as possible. My list of mentors includes:
My pastors, elders, co-leaders in our youth ministry, my friends in church, members of our connect group, my parents, my family, and my close friends outside of church who share faith in Jesus.
Jim Rohn said, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Choose your friends and mentors wisely. This is so incredibly important.
7. Memorize verses
There's nothing better than having a verse come to mind when I need it most. Memorized scripture can be a lifeline in life's darkest moments. That doesn't happen by accident either. It takes time and effort to commit scripture to memory, and often times we don't feel like doing it because it's not important today. However, we don't know when it will be important to us! There are several ways that I have memorized scripture in the past:
- Write verses on my chalk wall in my kitchen
- Write verses on notecards, but them in a ziploc bag, and place them in my shower
- Write verses on our bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker
- Test myself by writing out verses I'm memorizing in my journal before looking at them
This is honestly the place where I feel weakest and most disorganized. I'm hoping to make this more of a priority this year! Memorization is lost in our current culture of google, You version, and having everything at our fingertips. I never want to use our abundance (readily available Bibles and internet and resources) as an excuse not to memorize scripture. I need it engraved on my heart.
The word "tithe" means 10%. Scripture tells us to bring our tithe - 10% of our income / increase - to the Lord. An offering is anything above that 10% tithe. Notice I said "bring" and not "give!" We are bringing the tithe and returning it to the Lord, for it's already His. We cannot "give" something that is not ours to begin with, so we bring our tithes to our church.
Money is such a personal thing, y'all. Organizing your spiritual life touches all aspects of your life -including how you manage your money. To make this a priority for us, we include our tithe on the first line of our monthly budget.
Tithing is directly related to our spiritual organization, and it's an act of obedience that all believers should participate in. God commands us to tithe, but sadly only 10-25% of a normal congregation tithe regularly, and Christians on average are only giving 2.5%. It's time to get organized in our finances and in our spiritual lives and make this priority. We could do so much for God's kingdom if we yielded our finances to Him in obedience!
9. Renew my mind by what I hear
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
We live in an incredible day and time where we can listen to podcasts and sermons from churches all over the world. I am constantly listening to podcasts and encouraging sermons while I run, while I work, and while I drive!
Books are another amazing resource where we can learn from others who have much wisdom to offer. Ordering Your Private World is a book I've referenced several times in this post, and it's worth the read. I'm thankful for Gordon MacDonald, the author, who has been one voice in my life that has changed me for good.
10. Make it a daily habit
I believe the key to staying organized spiritually is making it a daily habit! My relationship with my husband is a daily thing, and it requires time and attention. Why should my relationship with the Lord be any different? I set aside at least 1 hour every morning to read (#1) and to journal (#2) and to pray (#3) and to listen (#4). I sometimes memorize scripture (#7) in my mornings as well! That is 5 out of my 10 habits of staying organized spiritually. My morning routine is incredibly important to me, and I rarely miss it.
Whether it's the morning or the evening, it doesn't matter. As long as you make this a daily habit, you will begin to see the benefits of staying organized in your spiritual life. I cannot say it enough:
It's all about your relationship with the Lord. It's all about making Him your greatest priority.
Brothers and sister, the Lord never intended for us to feel disorganized, insecure, and scattered in our spiritual walks. He intended us to walk in our inheritance, in a real relationship with Him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, in authority as sons and daughters of a King.
...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things under His feet and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God...
Oh that we would understand what it means to walk as sons and daughters of the Living God!
OK, so what does that have to do with organizing my spiritual life? It's simple: You must take the time to get to know God and know His word.
When I organize my spiritual life, I simply decide to make it a priority. I make space for it in my busy world. We aren't molded by life's circumstances as much as we are molded by the Spirit of God, and that takes time and devotion. When I am disorganized, the urgent demands of my day take over. When I am organized, my priorities of prayer, scripture, and time listening to the Lord do not get overlooked or overshadowed. They become THE most important thing, as they well should be.
I look at it this way: if I am a daughter of the King, if I am part of the family of God, if I have access to an incredible inheritance because of the sacrifice of Jesus (which I do), then I should live like it. I should make time to know my Father's heart. I should ask for His advice, I should honor Him, I should talk with Him, I should listen to Him, I should live my life with all of this in the forefront of my mind.
No, I'm not perfect or successful at this every day. But I do have some wonderful tools and habits that have helped me stay organized in my spiritual life, intentionally making it to be my first priority.