The phrase “House of Order” has been foremost in my mind lately. I had in my mind what I thought it meant. Things are neat and orderly, no toys in the living room, and the pillows neat. For the past three days I have cleaned and picked up the front room each day and within 30 minutes it is a mess – and it was driving me insane!
I decided to search the phrase “House of Order” and came across a talk given by Russell M. Nelson in 2001 called Set in Order Thy House. He didn’t mention the dishes, the pillows, the labeled bins, instead he said, “To set our house in an order pleasing to the Lord, we need to do it His way. We are to employ His attributes of “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, [and] meekness.”
That was my problem – I was trying to do it MY way instead of HIS way. And instead of using “long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned.” I was allowing anxiety, frustration, and exhaustion to take over.
To each of you striving to create a Christ-Centered House – a house of order, remember that His priorities and things of order are not as the world seeth. May we let Him guide our hands, our attitude, our words so that we can set our homes in order the way He has asked.