by Macy Johnson
“Dominion and awe belong to God;
He establishes order in the heights of
(Job 25:2 NIV)
Franklin is credited with the quote “A place for everything, everything in its
place.” According to BookBrowse.com, “the first
known use of the exact expression appears in The Naughty Girl Won, a
story published by the Religious Tract Society in 1799.”
an email from Family Search not long ago. In my pursuit to discover my birth
family, I have connected with several ancestry sites. This particular email
announced that I am related to Benjamin Franklin. I care more that I am related
to my heavenly Father.
Franklin passed the genes of organization to me, because I love putting
everything in its proper place. So, I recommended that our Friends of the
Library group begin a new project to adopt book shelves to put books in order
and periodically maintain. Librarians can work more efficiently when books and
DVDs are in their proper space.
husband, Jeff, and I worked our assigned shelves together one afternoon. We
both like to plan and organize. Jeff wanted to go a step further and created an
electronic database to help monitor the books’ order. We can compare the list
to the shelves more effectively than to remove and examine each book.
for items to be in their appropriate place is a gift from our heavenly Father.
He knows a cluttered workspace can reveal a cluttered mind. Like the library
books, I want my time to be in appropriate order. Giving people and activities
space in my days must come after my time and attention with God. He deserves
all dominion and awe.
I will look
to the Holy Spirit to reveal the proper times and places of my life here on
earth. I hope you will, too!