Have you ever felt like you always had to rush into a lot of things-to-do and the list never gets done? Is your life filled with so many activities that you barely have time to breathe? Are you running low on energy and high on life’s demands?
Here are some ways that you could put some order in your life.
First, you need to stop and listen. Listen to your body. Listen to your soul. If you do not learn to stop and to listen, your body will do the talking. It will merely collapse in exhaustion. Or it will manufacture an ache or pains that will force you stop so you will listen to your body. You need to take a break from all your work. Even God took a day off from His work. You are not God. You need to rest. Most of what you deem to be complicated and unsolvable becomes clear and simple after a good amount of sleep and rest. The best way to stop and to listen is to allot a time for meditation. It clears the mind. The silence and emptiness allows the spirit to give inspiration and new ideas. Jesus always spent the first hour of his day in prayer. It is where he draws much energy and direction. It makes Him become more efficient.
Second, you need to prioritize. You have to stop and look at the things that you are so busy about. Scrutinize whether you really need to do all these things. You will be surprised to learn that 80% of what you are so engrossed with are not important — that only 20% of your endeavor bears any significance at all. That 80% is just a product of your own perfectionism, your own unrealistic expectations, and your unnecessary demands. You will learn to prioritize and to thresh out the essential from the superfluous, when you stop and listen. You will see things in clearer perspective. You will be able to grasp what truly matters in this life. When Jesus was bombarded with questions about faith and religion and conventions of life, of the hows and the whys, He answered with simplicity — Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. Everything else hangs on these two commandments. You enter into many contracts with God in this life. Marriage makes you love God through the partner He entrusted you with. Baptism makes you love God through the children He entrusted you with. As you evolve and grow, your priorities will shift. When you know your priorities, you will find joy when you set them in proper order. You will feel disturbance and experience chaos when you put yourself about God and neighbors.
Third, you need to delegate. Your refusal to delegate or entrust a work to someone else is a refusal to acknowledge God’s gifts in others. Remember, God created man to be His co-creator. He delegated even when He was perfect, even when man is not always reliable or trustworthy. You need to learn to how to trust and entrust. When you delegate, you show respect for the other’s work and worth. You also ease the burden from yourself.
Last, you need to see with spiritual eyes. Life has a big lesson to teach you. You learn it by living with others. You earn your salvation through others. You do not go to heaven alone. You bring millions of souls with you. Neither do you go to hell alone. You bring down souls with you. Your salvation is dependent on them just as their salvation is dependent on you. Each person counts for one eternity. Simple works when done in love holds far greater worth in heaven than great works done without love. Love is the only thing that will stand the test of fire. All your efforts and endeavors are worthless if not motivated by love. You will be judged in love and your real motives will be as clear as the light of day before your Father’s eyes. You cannot pretend before Him. He sees all your actions and motives in its bare essence. If you are aware of all actions and see it with spiritual eyes, you learn to let go of the unnecessary things and you will learn to value what God values. Things will begin to make more sense to you. Things will fall into place. Order becomes a natural part of your life. Love puts everything in its proper order as long as you know your order of loving — first, God, then your neighbors and you, last.