You Have A Problem With Order?

Someone suggested to me that it’s good to have an order, it’s good to know the order and it’s good to keep the order. It got me thinking …

Every so often my family enjoys ordering food to eat that’s delivered to the home. As it has become a family thing, everyone is more or less used to it. Of course, we have to be careful to ensure that the right thing is ordered for each family member. After all, the topping that one daughter wants will definitely not be the same that the other daughter will want. So when we’re making the order, we have to ensure that each one gets what they want.

Of course it’s one thing to put in the order, it’s another thing to get what we ordered. We have a regular place where we order and they are really good people – that’s why we go back to them often. Yet there are very rare occasions when the order will come, but we won’t get what we ordered. Someone will have the wrong topping. Someone else’s order will be completely missing. Someone will get something they didn’t want as a replacement for what they rdered even though this wasn’t mentioned up front. The disappointment can be very pronounced, especially seeing as though it was something we were looking forward to and they are usually so reliable, so good and at such a good price.

So it’s good to have an order,  It’s good to know the order. It’s good to keep to the order. I’m sure you would agree with that when it comes to things like getting food, or buying something else. That makes sense.

I wonder why we have a problem with applying a similar process to life as we live it in the bigger picture? Why is it that the thought of order in society is something that’s seen as overly restrictive and undesirable? Why is it that for some the idea of order appears to rail against the desire for liberty?

Whilst I’m wondering, it is somewhat bizarre that we would expect a degree of order from birth onwards – there’s definitely something that doesn’t fit about just leaving a baby yo fend for themselves and work things out. That appears somewhat instinctively wrong. Yet because we get an ‘education’ and are told we’re ‘free’ and are given a media diet to suggest we’re mature and independent and autonomous we should become the ones to establish what’s order now, because we’re able to because …. errrrrr … well we were conditioned that way. Is it the wisest course of action to figure out order on our own terms and conditions and expect that work out well?

All this finally leaves me querying: what is our problem with order?

Well, Not everyone has a problem with order. Some have come across a way of seeing how freedom and order work well together and they’ve even considered a bigger picture perspective on the importance of order. It seems to work for those others … By work, I mean, it allows them to experience and share life worth living because it’s life to the full.

It’s like they know it’s good to have an order, it’s good to know the order and it’s good to keep the order.

For His Name’s Sake


C. L. J. Dryden


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