I love the concept of a disciplined life.
A schedule. Knowing what's going to happen when.
Up. Bible. Dress. Pray some more. Breakfast. Kids. Exercise. School. Read. . .
You get the picture.
Disciplined. Stable. Structured. Predictable. Unwavering.
~ Yeah, right.
A friend recently wrote me that she's "running every day now!." I replied, "I brush my teeth every day." But that seems about the most consistent thing I do on a routine.
My husband has a routine. In fact, if you interrupt that routine, he's likely to forget something. Several years ago, I had to be at work earlier than normal. I entered the bathroom at a different point in his routine - he forgot to shave. I through him off. Adaptation is not one of his strengths.
Actually there are things I do every day, just not on a time schedule. I go to God every day. I read His Word every day. I cook. I clean. I read. I get dressed for bed. I sleep. And I start over. Every day.
But mine is more Chaos than Structure.
"Order and disorder," said the Speaker, "they each have their beauty," wrote Orson S. Card in Speaker for the Dead. That is my life! Order and Disorder. They live together.
2012-2013 was a Beautiful Chaos. There was much Disorder but God was putting Order into in His way. Multiple surgeries for Ashley. Friends. Business changes. Moves. Trips. School. Service.
Out of Chaos God creates. He Creates.
Out of the Chaos of the Cosmos He created planets that spin in a precise orbit. Stars that shine and moons that control sea tides thousands of miles away. In the Chaos of humanity He brought a Savior to bring us Hope.
In the Chaos of our daily life, He desires to bring His order. It may not look scheduled or regimented - but it's His. Learning to listening to Him so that while folding laundry you pray for those wearer of those clothes. When you reach for your favorite tea mug you pray for the precious friend who bought it for you. During your morning routine, you praise Him for his creative creations.
That's God's Order. That's His discipline.
His Concept of Chaos is Discipline through Obedience.
I like that.