Order: Everything in its place

Imagine you want to be a professional soccer player. Once you have that in mind, what do you do to reach that goal? You lift weights, eat healthily, go to practice, and study different plays.  Would you do all this if you were getting ready to be on Jeopardy? Would it prepare you, or would it be better to read some books and study?

This has a lot to do with the virtue of order. It is the virtue that helps us put everything in its place. But we shouldn’t limit the virtue to only exterior things. Living this virtue actually starts by having everything in its place interiorly with your ideas and values.

Stop and think: what are the main values and ideas you have in life? If you are baptized then you are a child of God, and that fact is so big that it should determine how you live. Well, if you are a child of God, you should do what God asks of you. We know He asks us to follow the 10 commandments, He wants us to love, to be holy…and the list can go on. And we should put order in our lives so as to live these ideas and values God asks of us.  Our spiritual obligations should always have first priority. Before we are called to be intellectuals, athletes, students, mechanics, or any other occupation, we are called to be holy.

Once you have your spiritual priorities straight, then what? Think about what God is calling you to specifically. He has a special plan for each one of us, made to fit us perfectly. Once you know what it is, by asking Him in prayer, you can start working towards fulfilling it in your life.

Maybe, right now, you are called to be a college student. What does that require of you? As a student you should go to class to listen, not to talk to your classmates, that would be a disorder since it is not the time or place. Not only do you go to class, but then you take time to read, do homework and study. It is important to fulfill these duties and obligations of our state in life, but they are always second to our spiritual obligations.

Take time to reflect on who you are, who you are meant to be, and what you are called to.  When we order our ideas and values, we will be able to direct our duties, actions, attitudes, and time towards living them well. Ask yourself: Who am I? Who am I made to be? Is the way I am living my life right now helping me become who I am called to be?