Thursday, November 15, 2007

"A Clean Desk Is The Sign Of A Sick Mind"

Not too long ago, Shannon, my daughter and office assistant, gave me a placard which reads "A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind". I'm not sure, but somehow I think she was creatively criticizing the condition of my workspace.

Over the last few days, I've been organizing my office. The clutter became too much even for me. I have been sorting and tossing books, files, papers and stuff. I'm not sure how clean it will end up, but it will definitely be "cleaner" by my standards.

Honestly, it's like some "virus" has infected me...I even cleaned out the coffee mug cabinet in our kitchen this morning.

In the midst of my frenzy, today I read..."Let's take a good look at the way we're living and reorder our lives under God." (Lamentations 3:40 MSG)

I don't do this enough--and I know why. Life has a way of happening so fast that I never stop long enough to think about why I'm doing what I'm doing. The pace of life causes me to ignore the mess in my heart, attitudes or behavior all too often.

I find my daily time alone with God helps me in this area. The quiet moments force me to slow down and evaluate myself in light of who God wants me to become and what God wants me to accomplish. Honestly, I can't imagine how messed up I would be if it wasn't for the times I have spent with God.

I wonder if somehow the mess in my life piled up on my face like things do on my desk...would I be able to ignore or overlook it?