If there were a sign on planet Earth it would read, “Out of Order.” Watch the news. Read your newsfeed. Talk to people. Out of order. Chaos seems to be the natural order of things. I’m writing this from my desk where microphones and books occupy one side, with a Davinci flying machine, and a couple of lions holding their own amongst a scattering of testimonies—a bit of organized chaos indeed.
The truth is that we all have, and deal with, a certain amount of chaos in our lives. A wise Christian leader once told me, “Most people don’t have a sin problem, they have a chaos problem.” I’ve found that to be true.
Consider your plans. Or don’t! Because we’ve all found ourselves in the midst of executing some beautifully laid plan, only to be bogged down by chaotic conditions, often not of our own making.
We were planting a church in Dallas, things were going according to plan, we had purchased a building, the church was growing, when a national figure announced that he was starting a church a few miles down the road. That caused an element of chaos to be interjected in the area church world—by one account a hundred and eighty-seven smaller churches closed because their members joined the new church. Not faulting the new church plant, the results were positive overall, simply pointing out that even positive things can bring chaos to the best of plans. Which is why you should always have “Plan B,” or “C!” We did have a contingency plan that worked out for all involved because we recognized, and adjusted to, chaotic conditions.
Chaos happens. Things break. Unintended consequences manifest. People change. Circumstances change. You change. All of which can lead to chaotic conditions. The question is what do you do about them? Let me answer the question, and give you some ideas on bringing order out of chaos.
There is a story in the Bible, (because there is always a story in the Bible), that gives insight into the cause of chaotic conditions and their remedy. It is the story of a king and a kingdom experiencing a chaos crisis, and what they did to get out of it. I’ll not trouble you with chapter and verse because, even if the story didn’t come from the Bible, the observations are real world, and the applications applicable.
# 1 RECOGNIZE CHAOTIC CONDITIONS
I’ve counseled women, (and men!), that have remained in abusive relationships because they thought abuse was normal. They didn’t recognize chaotic conditions. I’ve talked with poor people who were so used to being poor that they thought poverty the norm. They didn’t recognize chaotic conditions. That’s the problem with chaos—you can become so used to it
that it becomes normal. In fact that is a phrase often used today—the new normal. The new normal isn’t normal if it’s chaotic. Recognize chaotic conditions.
How do you recognize chaotic conditions? Is it working? Are you comfortable? Happy? Fulfilled? Is there a sense of cooperation? Of common good? Of potential? If these are lacking you may be in chaotic conditions. Is there a hope and a future? If not, you really are in chaotic conditions. Recognize chaotic conditions.
Join me now, “Behind The Door,” where I’ll share some more things that you can do to bring order out of chaos and help you to live a life of joy, peace, and prosperity.