Today I tackled cleanup day. I spent hours on my knees picking up papers, sweeping wood shards, and reassembling my office. Ironically this burglary served a great opportunity for decluttering too.
My non-unique problems
Flattened beneath my desk lay a file I didn’t recognize. The blue folder contained 2 inches of board meeting notes. I got to read the history of Cornerstone from 1989 through 2004. The folder must have lay hidden in the back of a file cabinet.
It’s funny how you can work somewhere five years and still miss things.
Flipping through 20 years of church history reminded me of an important truth. I will always face problems like leukemia and burglaries. In the middle of life’s storms I need to remember to take a long look. I need to realize the problems I face today are big but many people have faced and overcome these problems in the past. Stiffening my resolve, I set the file aside and got back to work.
You must keep on serving and loving
To the right of the desk lay a manila folder with Hungarian words on it. Flipping it open I found a detailed Bible study on Galatians prepared by a former pastor. He taught a class in Hungary once.
It sobered me to see something so meticulously prepared hiding in a file cabinet. Someday, everything I do today will be dated and hidden in a digital file cabinet. What matters will remain how I continue to love others and serve God.
I threw away quite a few old computer program CDs. They dated to 1998. I found the receipt to the computer purchased then. It cost $2300 and it ran slower than my phone. Again, things change fast.
I finally cleared the floor and vacuumed the wood pieces. Working my way through the disassembled drawers I discovered all sorts of fun things. I began full scale cleaning when I realized something.
My bigger priorities today remain serving the church and doing my work as a pastor.
Fires will always flare up demanding my attention. Burglaries will happen. Sicknesses will come. But I need to keep a close eye on my priorities.
- My prayer and devotional life must happen every day.
- Preparing well to preach God’s word deserves scheduled time.
- Care for God’s people is vital.
- Ashley and the girls are first in line for the “God’s people” category.
I will have other priorities but I need to guard so that the problems of life don’t displace the essentials of life.
My office still looks like a toddler got turned loose. However, I got a great chance to review some of Cornerstone’s history. And God reminded me how I must hold onto priorities in the middle of chaos.