7 Ways To Get It Together

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I was a non-involved bystander when the Dad said to his son. . .you need to get your mess together.

I understood what he meant but why would you want to get a mess together…by definition that doesn’t sound the least bit desirable.

Over the years, I’ve heard people admonish others to get their lives together.

I believe the ultimate purpose of these somewhat awkward admonitions is to bring order and purpose into a person’s life.

Order as defined and I think correctly by Dr. Mike Murdock, our mentor and personal friend is: 

“the accurate arrangement of things.”

I believe bringing order or getting things together. . .positions every believer to walk in the destiny God desires for them.

For some. . .this may seem difficult. . .but consider the words of Pablo Picasso who said:

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

There are some very simple steps that will have each of us get it together by doing what we have not done in the past..

I could name more. . .but here are seven I consider most important.

First, get your living environment together.   

Remove clutter from your life including but not limited to. . .your desk, dresser, night stand, bathroom reading rack, medicine cabinet, garage, attic and. . .well, everything else including your closets.  Smiling.

Ask God how to bring order into your environment. . .He will gladly reveal it to you.

Psalm 32:8 in the English Standard Version (ESV) says:

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

Second, bring order into your job, business or retirement.

Let’s start with your car. . .the interior and exterior of your car reflects the order in your life.  If there’s stuff in the floor board. . .it sends a message. . .and not the one you necessarily want.  Clean it up. . .and keep it tidy every day.

Your office desk, work station and files are a reflection of whether or not your professional life is in order.  That includes your briefcase.

Whether or not you’re late for appointments or meetings is another indicator of whether or not. . .you’ll be in line for promotion.

If you’re retired. . .is there an order to your day. . .do you have a plan for your week? 

1 Timothy 4:15 in the New Living Translation says:

“Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.”

Third, bring order into your spiritual, mental and physical thought-processes and actions.

The best way to bring order to your thought-processes is three fold.

First, in Romans 12:2 in the New Living Translation it says:

“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

Second, Philippians 2:2 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.”

Third, visit www.haroldherring.com and read “7 Things To Do Before You Go To Sleep” over and over again. . .until it becomes as routine as breathing.

First, create a to-do list of the things you plan to accomplish tomorrow.

Second, journal the great things that happened to you during the day.

Third, create a nightly confession about tomorrow being the best day of your life.

Fourth, never go to bed mad or frustrated with your spouse or children.

Fifth, clean up. . .pick up. . .so you’ll be ready to get up.

Sixth, lay out what you plan to wear tomorrow.

Seventh, plan how you will dress your mind tomorrow.

Napoleon Hill, the author of Think And Grow Rich, said:

“Just as our eyes need light in order to see, our minds need ideas in order to conceive.”

An idea. . .no matter how brilliant. . .if not acted on. . .will never bring the success we desire.

The seven things to do before you go to sleep are great ideas. . .but unless we implement them. . .nothing will change.  So let’s get it together.

Fourth, bring order into your choice of friends and their rotation in and out of your circle of influence.

This is real simple.

If your friends aren’t motivated toward success or seeking a better quality of life for themselves and their families. . .then a large part of your life will naturally be in disorder

I’m not telling you to dump the old friends. . .but I’m definitely recommending you get some new ones. . .whose motivation, beliefs and lifestyle promote order.

1 Corinthians 15:33 in the Amplified Bible says:

"Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character."

Fifth, bring order into your habits.

Strengthen habits that bring order into your life and release those that don’t.

Don’t ask me why. . .but several things immediately came to mind when I started typing this point.

Make sure you get a proper amount of exercise.

Stay hydrated….drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water (up to 100 ounces)… will increase your energy level and removes toxins.

Change your toothbrush every 90 days thus removing the possibility of bacteria.  This should become a routine procedure.

Finally, organize your photos perhaps even scanning them into your computer.

Literally, there are dozens and dozens of other things I could have written but these are the ones that came to mind.

Job 22:26 in the Amplified Bible says:

“You shall also decide and decree a thing, and it shall be established for you; and the light [of God's favor] shall shine upon your ways.” 

Sixth, bring order into your daily routines.

Do you know what CDs you’ll be listening to as you drive to work. . .or take the kids to school and run errands?

Do you have a regularly scheduled time to read. . .and I’m not just talking about your morning devotional.  Books that fire you up. . .make you think beyond your imagination.

Bring order into the ways you shop.  Always go with a list.

Give careful thought to the days you shop.  For instance, never go to WalMart on Saturday unless you go early in the morning.  The same is true with visits to the grocery store.

If you’re married. . .always have quality time with your spouse.  Make every activity a date. . .in addition to regular date nights.                   

The key to maintaining order in your daily life. . .is to stay freshSchedule time to reflect and re-direct your focus.

Lamentations 3:40 in the New Living Translation which says:

“Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord.”

Seventh, bring order into your finances.

The best way to bring order into your financial arena is with a plan to get out of debt or a plan to never get in debt again.

Never make a major purchase without talking to God about it and your spouse, if married.

If you’re serious about getting out of debt. . .I will email you a download of The Master Plan our interactive personalized out of debt plan.  When you complete the plan you will know the exact day, month and year you will be completely debt free.  This life-changing tool normally sells for $50 but I’ll send it to you as a seed.  Just send an email to [email protected]   If you don’t do email…send me a letter requesting the Master Plan and I’ll send you a CD Rom. Harold Herring, PO Box 900000, Ft. Worth, TX 76161

If you want more information on financial order. . .visit www.haroldherring.com and read my many blogs on the subject.

Luke 14:28-30 in the Message Bible says:

“Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’”

Two final scriptures. . .

Proverbs 12:27 in the Message Bible says:

“A lazy life is an empty life, but "early to rise" gets the job done.”

When you bring order into your life. . then you will find extra satisfaction in Deuteronomy12:16 in the Message Bible:

“…You are to celebrate in the Presence of God, your God, all the things you've been able to accomplish.”

Getting our lives together. . .with order. . .with the accurate arrangement of things. . .is a decision we make.

One last quote:  Charles Dickens once said:

“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”

Now you know how to get it together for your future destiny.