“The disorganization in my life was not due to a lack of knowledge or skill and was not due to a problem in my childhood. Rather, it’s a broken belief system: a heart issue, a sin issue. At the end of the day, it’s idolatry… Disorganization steals your joy. It causes you to go through life frazzled and stressed. It causes friction with your husband and makes you snap at your children. It makes you perform ministry tasks grudgingly. It prevents you from developing friendships, because you are always rushing from one task to the next. You don’t feel like you are doing anything well, let alone to the glory of God (Staci Eastin).”
“The bible is clear that as Christians, we have tasks appointed to us by God (Ephesians 2:9-10). We should do everything we do with all our heart because we do it for the Lord (Colossians 3:23). As women, we are instructed to care for our homes and families (Titus 2:3-5). Whether we want to refer to our disorganization as personality quirks or sin, we must fight against anything that interferes with our relationship with God (Staci Eastin).”
“My attempts to get organized always failed because I tried to change my habits without letting the Holy Spirit change my heart. It was only when I saw the sinful motivations behind my bad habits that I could see lasting change in my life (Staci Eastin).”
“It is unfashionable these days to talk about sin, and it’s even less fashionable to talk about idolatry. The world likes to tell us that we’re beyond that now. When we honestly discuss the sinful attitudes behind our actions, we are often hushed: You’re not that bad! Everyone does those things! You need better self-esteem! But the human heart is the same now as it was in biblical times.We don’t have to bow down to a golden statue to worship idols. When we trust in anything other than God for peace and happiness we are essentially practising idolatry. Only when we see the idols yet in our heart can we truly “put off the old self” and “put on the new self” (Colossians 3:5-10) (Staci Eastin).”
I don’t often plug books on my blog, but this tiny one by Staci Eastin packs much wisdom into its 100 pages. Click here to order the book. The above quotes are a small sample of the powerful truths in this book, and a synopsis is below.
The fight against chaos is universal, whether it be the outward chaos of disorder and frenzy or the inward chaos of fear and self-criticism. Even if we already know how to do better, something falls apart between our good intentions and getting it done. Most books on organization just add more rules to your life, whether it be another plan, another calendar, or another method. This book will show you a different, better way that is grounded in the grace of God. Jesus taught that true change doesn’t come by the addition of more rules, but from the inside out, with a change of the heart that only the gospel can bring. When you identify the heart problems behind the chaos in your life, lasting change can happen. This will not only reduce the stress in your life, but help you be more effective in your service to God ~ Staci Eastin”
Staci highlights four idols with which women in particular seem to struggle. Leisure, busyness, perfectionism, and possessions. I have been challenged to take a fresh look at my life and why it is so busy, a fresh look at the tasks God to which called me and compare them to the tasks with which I fill my schedule. This is an organization of the heart, not a new schedule to follow. “We never conquer sin by adding more rules. That is what the Pharisees did, and Jesus chastised them for it. Jesus is interested in more than outward works; he wants us to perform good works from the overflow of a loving and pure heart. My attempt to get organized always failed because I tried to change habits without letting the Holy Spirit change my heart. It was only when I saw the sinful motivations behind my bad habits that I could see lasting change in my life (Staci Eastin).”