Order Matters

New England is an orderly place.  Sometimes.  At least it started out that way.  Those who settled this area came with a desire that things being done decently and in order, an ethic they derived from 1 Cor 14:40.  Keeping things in order preserves life; disorderliness ruins it. 

Even the order we use when spelling words makes a great difference in saying what we mean and meaning what we write: Satan and Santa have the same letters, but the order is different. They are two beings, one real and one imaginary, with opposite objectives yet whose names are spelled with the same five letters.  Order matters.

God calls us to put Him first in our lives and let all our desires and pursuits be put in good order after Him—not necessarily eliminated, just put in order.  When we put God first, our lives are filled with joy—not always pleasure and ease—but an abiding joy.   

So, when we ask God to show us how to put the elements of our lives in order, we keep the end in mind. To one He will say, “Depart from me, you worker of iniquity.” To the other He will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Condemnation and commendation have almost all the same letters, just a little re-arranged.  In the end, each person receives one or the other.

Stunning vista of the Green Mountains from Pittsford, VT on a spring afternoon.

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