Thursday, June 12, 2008

Read Yourself Holy, Thin, Organized and Rich

This Friday our Upstate Christian Business Network will have Mark Hoyt, professional organizer, speak on bringing order in our business lives and offices. Leaning against several garbage bags stuffed with thrift store donoations, a month overdue for dropoff, I phoned Mark to interview him to prepare for his introduction. He is certified with NAPO, National Association of Professional Organizers, and he must stay up on the current information in this field. We talked about our favorite books on organizing. Glancing at the bookshelf with over twenty books on organizing, I admitted to Mark, "I've probably read it, if it's in print on organizing." I shared with Mark how I had battled being overwhelmed with too much stuff, procrastination and lack of organization most of my life. Placing the phone back on the hook was difficult because of the desk running over with piled up overdue correspondence.

I walked down the hall and sighed at the closed dining room door. That's the room I stick things in until I decide on where they will permanently reside. That usually occurs when I have an event that requires using the dining room. Bam! Instantly I get insight...panic is a great initiator. Oh, yeah, if you could read your way to self discipline on neatness and order I would be Martha Stewart and Monk all rolled up in one.

I love to read the Bible and I have invested much of my life in study, conferences, small group Bible studies and listening to audio about Scripture.

I've wanted to read myself holy, thin, organized and rich.

Somehow, lying down in front of the TV, reading nutrition and physical fitness books while muching down on salty chips is a self portrait I'd rather avoid revisiting in my mind. Talking to Mark, I was challenged with my absurb quest for knowledge without the commitment for putting the new found knowledge into action.

"Never mind how much we know, do we do what the Word says? It is no good saying that you know the highway code and then behaving like you do not. Obedience to the Bible is critical. Head knowledge is important, but we need to be obedient. We each have to say, 'My life must come under the authority of the Bible.' The critical thing is that God's Word can be trusted and relied upon. God always gives what He says He will give; His promises absolutely, unequivocally never fail." Battleground , by Stephen Gaukroger, Christian Focus, UK.

Gaukroger continues in his book on Joshua, " But, it was no good Joshua sitting down on the side of Jordan saying, "'Well, God, You're going to be with me. That's really great! Wonderful!' Joshua would have to go over the Jordan. It is not until leaders and other Christians take action that the promise is tested. So many want a promise from God, but they want proof before they act, whereas God says to act on the promise."

I spent part of my early years in the hills of Northeast Georgia. From those country roots I can hear some farmer chewing on hay saying, "Book larnin' aint worth spit without some proof in your doin's!"

It's time for me to get out of my reading chair and dare to put to work some of this head knowledge. Thriving as a Christian empowers me to believe I can do what I've been hesitant to think I can. My weaknesses are setups for Christ in me to be glorified. Got to get moving .... I want to try out some organizing tips before tomorrow morning when I get to hear Mark lay out some more wisdom.

Get moving!!! That's my motto today.


Laura said...

Nike really does sum it up, huh?
"Just Do It"!!!

Patrick said...

I really look forward to hearing this presentation. I'm really impressed with your commitment to blogging Kay and also giving good word of mouth to PNC. I'll try to get a similar posting on my blog before tomorrow.

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Kay Martin said...

Laura, you nailed it.
Nike brand is so powerful. I recall in all my Bible study my surprise to see the word: nike in Greek translations of New Testament Scripture. I recall it meaning action...just do it would sum that up, eh? Short sweet reply 'cause I gotta' move it! Today is action day.


Kay Martin said...

Thank you for showing me the blogging door of opportunity. I would never have had the courage to begin to write again without your inspiration and direction. Tomorrow will be great coming together with commited Christian business men and women for lunch and learning and encouragement. Networking on the web is good, but we need each other up close and personal. Gotta' go...action!!!

Isaac Fineman said...

I want to know how to read your way to be " good lookin' " --- is that possible?


Kay Martin said...

Well, Isaac, since we're compiling a list I agree with you I'd love to have the "good lookin'" reading route.

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.