Guest Article – Organizing your paper * A Christian Article
Like Paper, Like Manna
Written by: Eileen Koff CPO®
Paper, papers everywhere…and not a place to sit! Without a doubt, paper is the plague of the 21st century. With all of our technological advances and dreams of paperless offices, paper is still the #1 culprit of disorganization…go figure!
If you’re afraid to clear the paper clutter off your desktop or kitchen counter because you feel that putting the papers away will make you forget about them, you’re not alone. Newspapers, catalogues and magazines take up so much room in our homes that sometimes finding a place to sit can be difficult at best. The thought of throwing out information can cause anxiety more than any other object in our homes today.
There are three major reasons we fear the problems with paper:
1. General Fear of Scarcity.
Fear of needing something so we keep it all! IRS, bills, contracts, etc. Paper holds a lot of important information that we are afraid of losing.
2. Decision Problem.
Fear of decision making when putting it up as in a file. Have I made the right choice?
3. Retrieval Problem.
Fear of losing it in a file or pile- we end up making lots of little special piles for our special papers.
So what is the antidote for the fear? Trust!
In Exodus Chapter 16 Verses 4-19 God speaks to Moses “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day… The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little… Each one gathered as much as he needed. And then Moses said to them, No one is to keep any of it until morning. However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell.”
Think of paper as Manna…
Gather what you need
Share what you can
Manna was the tiny honey tasting wafer the Israelites ate that was chock full of minerals and vitamins straight from Father’s grocery supply store. What had he asked his children to do? Gather only what they needed for the day. If they hoarded or stored extra, what happened? It became rotten and coated with maggots.
Think of the paper information stream like Manna. If you need it in the future, our Father will be sure to direct you to that information source and it will be current and fresh and better than if you held on to the old information.
The problem with paper management is our trust or lack there of. The Israelites had to trust God to supply their needs on a daily basis. We must also begin to cultivate that same level of trust so we can begin to let go of the paper piles that clog our ability to function and then, to release the paper anxiety we have when the paper piles obstruct what we need to find. We need to “believe” that we can really trust God to meet our information needs.
One can also think about the clothes as Manna (or anything else for that matter). God supplied his children with what food they needed for the day. I also remember Scripture telling us not to worry about what we are to wear…and that HE will supply our needs when we need them. Eliminating the objects, wardrobe items, etc. in our homes, frees us to the new and BETTER things he has in store for us when we really begin to rely and trust Him. We keep hanging on to the old things and behavior ways because that is all we have known. We don’t realize the abundant and wonderful provisions he has for us because we hang on to the old stuff out of fear. Trust that He will supply, and toss the old to make room for the NEW and BETTER! I just know that this is a real spiritual law! He said so!
God, I now believe that my paper piles are truly a reflection of my lack of trust. I have taken on a self-sufficiency attitude, in which I must be in control of my decisions and to gather as much information in order to make the best decisions. I have forgotten to trust you to help me make the right choices in my life. Forgive me Father, as I repent of my old ways. Help me to renew my thinking because I now trust in you. I now trust your guidance and know that you love me so much that no problem is too trivial for you. Father, show me what is truly essential to keep and teach me to discern true value. God, you are in control …even in the paper details!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Eileen Koff CPO®
Certified Professional Organizer
NAPO News Editor
Faithful Organizer’s Devotion Director
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