The value of orderliness is not about housekeeping or paper filings, but about the order to our lives. When the Holy Scriptures teach us to have our lives in order, they are not talking about a neat desk or living room, but a neat life. It’s so very easy to let our lives be cluttered with issues that are not so important, and we get so run down with them, we fail to see the things that are most important. This is evident in the story of Miriam and Marta, in the Bible. Two sisters host Yeshua’s/Jesus’ visit:
One of them is busy running around making sure the refreshments are done, and food is ready to be served, doing all the work, while her sister sits at the feet of Yeshua, listening to his teachings. The working sister complains to Yeshua that her sister is not helping, and she is doing all the work by herself. She may have thought she would be commended for her service and sacrifice. Yeshua surprises her by saying that her priorities were wrong and it was her sister who chose to listen to His teachings that had the priorities correct. Having order to our lives helps us to make the best choices.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
The reality is, a life that is lived in faith is lived in a rhythm. Some traditions and culture help us live according to that rhythm, and create the orderliness we need to have. (rivertonmussar.org)