I love organization. There used to be more TV shows about organizing, and I couldn’t get enough of them. I don’t particularly enjoy cleaning (scrubbing, mopping, etc.), but after about an hour of purging a room of clutter, few things make me happier than a full trash bag. It represents a clean slate and a fresh start. Several years ago, I even had a professional organizing business, and helped others get rid of their clutter. I considered it a great privilege to fill up trash bags in other people’s homes.
Still, I am not as organized as I would like to be. I find myself envying moms with tidy homes, well-planned homeschool schedules, who always arrive at co-op on time. If I were more organized, and more disciplined, my life would be so much better! Right? My clean house would be a peaceful sanctuary. My homeschooled children would learn so much more, because their lessons would be ready and waiting for them every morning. (Instead, precious minutes of the school day tick away while mom goes upstairs to print the schedules, then downstairs to make some copies, and then back upstairs to fish schoolbooks from under beds.)
I definitely want to be more organized and disciplined financially. The whole purpose of this blog is to encourage wives to help with financial management in some way, whether that means taking a more active role in planning and bill-paying, or just being knowledgeable enough to step in if needed. I have already seen the benefit of taking a few minutes to plan meals–fewer mid-week grocery store visits and emergency stops at Wendys. I am very tempted to think that, if only I were more organized with my time, if I planned spending better, I could take more control over my life.
~~Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21, ESV)~~
The challenge then, in the midst of budgeting and planning and saving, is to trust in the Lord’s purpose and not in my plan. To remain joyful and kind when the school day does not follow that schedule that I’m so happy and proud to have finally completed. To give away the money that I thought I was saving for a special treat for myself. To remember, that if God allows some fantastic school days or rising account balances, it’s His mercy and not my perfect planning that deserve the credit. Ultimately God is in control. He calls me to be faithful with what He’s provided, but He is the one working in all things for my good (Romans 8:28). It is beyond my understanding, really, how He orchestrates events and circumstances among, around, and in spite of free-willed human beings. But I don’t have to understand. I don’t have God’s job; I just need to do mine.