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3 Steps To Gain Order

Order is the thing that makes the difference between living presently yet painfully in the past and living progressively and peacefully in the future.

Many people are stuck and procrastinate because of lack of order and as a result many dreams are deferred; goals go underachieved; there’s constant stress; and the overall quality of life diminishes.

Also, lack of order causes current obligations to become past due which then causes them to back up and stack up against us. The result is we become overwhelmed and further we procrastinate.

Lack of order may be caused by lack of regimentation, lack of discipline, or a life changing event such as: birth of a child; death of a loved one; marriage; divorce; gain or loss of a job, etc.

Order is a system that organizes and places everything in its proper place and enables everything to function properly. What it’s not is shuffling “stuff” around from one place to another.

Instead, order is a comprehensive system and strategy that includes every area of life which includes: Spiritual Desires; Desires for Family and Friends; House and Home Desires; Financial Desires; Personal Care Desires; Work/School Desires; and Future Pursuits.

The strategy that must be diligently implemented.

There are three beginning steps we can take to gain, regain, and maintain Order:

Step 1: Dig Out From The Past

  • Remember: because of lack of order, things have stacked up and backed up against us.
  •  As a result, we will not be able to forward because those things don’t away unless we take care of it.
  • Jot down a list of all of your past due obligations.

Step 2: Take Inventory of Current Obligations

  • Current obligations are either recurring things we do or are due or they are things that must be done just once. those things might be immediate.
  •  Jot down a list of current obligations in each area of life. See the list of the areas of life above.

Step 3: Determine Future Desires

  • Jot down a list of the things you desire to accomplish in the future.

If you want to learn more, please feel free to watch a webinar entitled Get Un-stuck by Gaining Order. It was conducted on 11/28/12. Here’s the link: http://clarenceparks.com/slackbuster-seminars-webinars/

Also, Clarence Parks will be conducting a live seminar entitled:

Get Un-stuck, Get Going, Get Where You Want to Go in 2013

on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 12 Noon at John 3:16 Christian

Bookstore in Lanham, Md.  Here’s the link: http://clarenceparks.com/get-un-stuck-get-going-get-where-you-want-to-go-in-2013/

Lack of Order: The Number One Reason Why We Are Stuck

Of course, there are many reasons why we get stuck and stay stuck in our lives. However, I would like to suggest that there is one main reason.  The main reason why we get stuck; stay stuck; and why we procrastinate is lack of order.  Now, I am not just talking about putting “stuff” in a particular place even though that is important.  Instead, what I am talking about is gaining order in every area of life.  Essentially, there are 7 areas of life that most people have to contend with. The 7 areas are: Spiritual Desires; Desires for Family and Friends; Desires for House and Home; Financial Desires; Personal Care Desires; Work/School Desires; and Future Pursuits.  Since there is so much we have to deal with, most of us are forced to focus on the areas of life that are deemed to be “most important.”  The so-called most important areas are usually the areas that require most of our time.  For some, that means focusing mainly on work or school but for others that may mean focusing on taking care children or other loved ones; or whatever else dominates are time and energy.  Given this reality, most people are only able to manage 2 or 3 areas of life fairly well while the other areas of life get neglected until a crisis arises in that neglected area.  Even worse, some people get completely stuck and become disabled from accomplishing anything well because there are so many things to do.  As a result, past, present and future desires and obligations converge into one big glob of stuff that seems to be next to impossible to unravel.  However, that is not what God intends and at the same time that’s why He has given us a strategy to gain, regain and maintain order.  God’s strategy to gain, regain and maintain order requires that we first conduct a comprehensive assessment of what we have going on in our lives.  This is an easy first step because it simply requires that we acknowledge the main overall areas that we have going on in our lives.


  • Jot down the main areas of your life on a sheet of paper.  (Hint: look at the [INFOGRAPHIC] above as a starting point)

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  • How to begin sorting things out in order to get unstuck.

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How to Get Started-Break The Back of Slack

There are many, many reasons why we are slack to take action to achieve our goals but one of the main reasons is we are not sure what to do especially during tough times.  However, God has given us a plan that works against the odds; helps us to overcome procrastination; and achieve our goals.

Ms. Marjorie Kornegay, President of John 3:16 Christian Bookstore, has been in business for 13 years and has thrived and survived many tough times.  According to a recent teleseminar interview, she advised the following to those who want to break the back of slack and get started in starting a business, writing a book, or any other endeavor:

  • Never focus on how tough things are
  • Instead focus on what God has called you to do (it can’t fail)
  • Research and write the vision down in the form of a plan
  • Have a deep desire and passion to please God
  • Run, Run, Run (Take Action)

Ms. Kornegay’s advice is grounded in sound Biblical doctrine and has worked at John 3:16 Christian Bookstore for the past 13 years.  It can work for us too when we actually apply it.

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Clarence Parks, JD, MDiv