Add Pie to Your New Year’s Resolutions

How to pursue a well-ordered heart

How do you like your pie? Perfect, even slices? A la mode? With whipped cream?

As 2015 has sputtered to an end, our thoughts turn to goals and plans for the New Year. We are finalizing budgets and operating plans at work. The calendar is filling up with all the things we want to accomplish. On a personal level, we resolve to exercise, eat right, and find better balance.

Ah . . . balance. What does balance even look like? There is much discussion these days on work/life balance. The truth is, though, maintaining a career, relationships, and faith is not about balance. It’s about order.

John Ortberg, in his book The Life You’ve Always Wanted, explains the key to balance is actually a quest for a well-ordered heart. He says, “Spiritual transformation cannot be orchestrated or controlled, but neither is it a random venture. . . . We need a plan.” When we don’t plan for a well-ordered heart, we find ourselves managed by what’s urgent, not what’s important. When things are in the right place, however, we make better choices, perform better in our duties, and are simply better people. We are less jealous, less exhausted, and less selfish.

First Corinthians 14:40 says,“Be sure that everything is done properly and in order.” But how do we find that order? Well, similar to the way we set priorities in our work, we need to commit to priorities in life as a whole. My well-ordered heart might look like this:

1. Love God, seek his presence, and give and receive grace
2. Love, spend time with, and serve my husband
3. Love, spend time with, and serve my family
4. Work and serve others
5. Rest

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SOURCE: Christianity Today, Today’s Christian Woman
Diane Paddison and Lori Berry