Thursday, August 25, 2005

Ordering Your Private World

This book talks about how to order your private world, which is the inner world of the spiritual. According to the author Gordon MacDonald, the private world can be divided into five sectors. They include (1) Motivation: deals with what makes us function. Are we driven people, or are we called people ? (2)Time Usage : centers on what we do with the limited amount of time we have in this life. (3) Wisdom and Knowledge: focuses on intellectual. The use of our minds for the purpose of growth is a necessary part of a God-pleasing lifestyle. (4) Spiritual Strength : concerning the spirit where there is a special, intimate place that we commune with God. It is referred to as the garden of our private world. (5)Restoration: draws us to rest, to a Sabbath peace where it’s recognized as a uniquely essential source of inner organization.

I agree with the author’s simple but powerful thesis: How can our outer world be orderly if our inner world is not ? I believe that the five sectors of our private world that need ordering as suggested by the author are the keys to personal development and christian witness and growth. He provides convincing arguments built upon examples from Scripture that line up with the Word of God and the experiences of the saints. It was a worthwhile book to read because it gave me such an insight on how to develop a disciplined approach to ordering my private world. I learnt that indwelling Christ, who enters our lives upon our personal commitment is the key principle of ordering one’s private world.
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Miss Eagle said...

Kitty: I believe that the order/disorder of our outer world can be an indicator of our mental health. Sometimes disorder can be a sign/symptom of depression or a mind that is spinning out of control. Too much order can indicate a personality trying to exert control over surroundings when unable to control other things in life.

Kitty Cheng said...

This is quite meaningful Brigid. If too much order can indicate exerting of control, does that mean we shouldn't strive for order though?