Creating Order from Your Chaos

The story of creation provides a model for new beginnings. All cultures share this story and at its root is order from chaos. By embracing the chaos in a person’s life or organization’s current standing; you position yourself to receive an orderly creation of something better.

Producing a new beginning for any person or organization means just that: creating order from chaos.

This powerful notion of success is discovered by using a shared language of the Elements. Comparing explanations of origin in different cultures, faiths, and ancient philosophies, there is a shared story. The traditions have passed down:

Fire, Air, Water, and Earth were combined through a Spirit process that began with chaos and ended in order.

The Genesis story of Creation widely known in our Western civilization also preserves this ancient understanding of the Elements. It begins by recognizing existing chaos: “The earth was without form and void.”

  • SPIRIT – And God said.
  • FIRE – Let there be light.
  • AIR – Let there be a firmament (space as in “outer” space).
  • WATER – Let the waters be gathered.
  • EARTH – Let the dry land appear.

Enjoying hard earned success is finding order in your life. To get there, you followed a process because your life or your business needed change. Something was missing. You were seeking fulfillment.

From within yourself (spirit), you articulated a plan (fire). You separated into divisions (air) everything surrounding your project. From there a plan was formulated (water) connecting the divisions and your success appeared (earth).

Following this pattern propelled you to success. Recognizing this configuration allows you to enjoy continued success.

I have applied this arrangement to assess several sales organizations. The company would have already enjoyed success. It reached a plateau and was finding it difficult to grow beyond its last level of success. It was usually bogged down with a toxic environment.

Every time I assess a successful team in trouble, I emphasize two truths:

  1. The current problem was a result of their success and therefore contains the very elements for the solution;
  2. To go forward they had to be willing to allow “Light” to shine in the darkness of their chaos.

Many a successful person repels such revelations. They don’t want to face the reality of their problems. They state they want solutions but in practice their pride stands in the way. As leaders, they know subconsciously they are responsible. After successfully building their dream, they personalize attempts to apply needed change. They interpret these efforts from well-meaning consultants, staff members, and even colleagues as attacks on their character and/or position.

To enjoy the abundance of your hard earned success, you must remain open and coachable. Success never changes that fact. You are right to repel judgment on your actions. You are successful! You fulfilled your dream. However, do not allow that to cloud the light of reality. Remember that rules change to sustain success. Embrace the chaos. It is proof you possess the elements of success.

Remain open to the light of truth. It is your friend. It will be the difference between enjoying good success and great success.

Affirmation: I am abundant enjoying my hard earned success.

From 56 Notions of Success

Child-like Faith in Creation Account

When I was just five, I made a conscious choice to become a Christian. My young mind and heart soaked in the moisture of spirituality. I was primed to bring out the water I drank.

At 8, a new pastor was installed at our little country Baptist church. He taught me to be a  ‘witness’ of the Gospel. That meant it was my duty as a born again Christian to persuade  others to believe what I believe. I was introduced, therefore, to my first measuring stick of  spirituality: possessing the courage to tell others the Truth of scripture.

Perhaps that scares you. It saddens me now, but it was all I knew. Yet in my maturity, I can glean from its good bits and allow the chaff to to dispersed in the wind.

My first four years of primary education were expended inside a little two-room schoolhouse of Berville. The locals call the village ‘Beer’-ville. It was smaller than a small town. Beside the school, there was one business, one dairy, a facility for the Lions Club, and a ‘hotel’, the local pub. Fifty or so houses still surround the afore mentioned buildings to house its community.

The  school no longer exists. The American Veterans now have the land, but tore down the two-storied school building. For a long time, I viewed its demise as a small reward for harbouring my initial persecution.

In my third year of Berville school, I began to practise ‘witnessing’. Out of 60 odd
students, I led 3 or 4 to Christ. I remember the names of two of them. John moved before the  year was out. He was my first ‘best friend’. I never did know to where he moved nor where he  is at today. Bob later became a Jehovah’s Witness and worked inside the Headquarters for the  Watchtower Society in New York. That’s a twist!

I was appointed the leader of a sect within the school. I was the teacher of ‘witnessing’. I led the troops into battle during recess. The playground was our battle ground. We set out to win the lot over to Christ! But we never got by Edgar. His rebuttal to our attack  led to my court-martial.

Our group had prayed together and believed it was of God that we  teach Edgar how to become a Christian. Edgar was Catholic. In those days, they didn’t like being called Christians.

Edgar believed in evolution—or more accurately in the authorities who espouse the philosophy. It is a philosophy, not a science. How do I know? Because after Edgar rejected our Gospel ‘witness’ and I parroted my pastor: ‘Evolutionists are out of their  skulls!’ recess was over and we began Social Studies.

The teacher began the class just after the aforementioned recess by having us read silently the next section in the textbook. After we read the section, she was going to expound its contents.

The reading was about Charles  Darwin and his theory of evolution.

It was introduced to me as a philosophy, not a science. I still believe it is such.

‘Psst. Tim—what are you going to do? Are you going to read it?’

That was one of my followers. I can’t disappoint him, but nor could I encourage rebellion.

‘Of course. It’ll be good for a laugh.’

The laugh was on me. After the appointed time to read was ended, the teacher asked if their were any questions. Edgar stood up. I went stiff.

‘Mrs Winnie, Tim Rose says evolutionists are out of their skulls’.

Silence.

My young world joined forces to smother me.

Mrs Winnie turned a bitter gaze in my direction. My classmates stared at me with curiosity. I don’t remember if I was asked to defend myself. I do remember my response. I stood trembling next to my desk. I lifted its top and pulled out my bible.

I read the Genesis account of Creation.

If only I would have realised that most of my classmates were happy with my response. I never knew until years later. I lost my confidence for many years after. It disappeared in the midst of the humiliation that followed.

Time for recess. Everyone got to go out and play but Tim Rose. Teacher pulled him into the back room. Many words were said. Most forgotten but the one stipulation to join his classmates on the playground were never forgotten:

‘Don’t let me EVER hear you read from that bible in my classroom again!’

Morning Prayers

The following seven prayers each represent a day in the Creation Week. They are modelled after the Lord’s Prayer. They have been a source of strength in my life. I pray they will be for you as well.

Peaceful blessings,

Tim

Sunday morning – Prayer for my Spirit

Creator of Light: thou hast created all things. I have risen on this first day of the week from the darkness of sleep. I beseech your Spirit to move upon the face of my soul so that I may glorify you today. Manifest for all to see your light in me, for it is good. Divide the light from the darkness within my being. Enable me to shine forth the Gospel of thy Kingdom. Help me to enjoy Thy Radiance and share its warmth with all I touch today. Keep me from the cold of Night and deliver me into thy Day. For thine is the Universe with all its power; thou alone art worthy of eternal glory. Amen.

Monday morning – Prayer for my Soul

Creator of Firmament: thou hast created Space. On this second day of the week I have risen from the midst of the watery emotions. I beseech your Word to divide my earthly soul from its heavenly spirit so that my heart’s intentions discern with praise. Enable me to think on the virtues of Heaven: Truth, Honesty, Justice, Purity and Love. Help me to walk today in such a way where all I touch will report my actions as good. Keep me from the simple and deliver into thy Wisdom. For thine is the Division with all its Space; thou alone art worthy of eternal praise. Amen.

Tuesday morning – Prayer for my Body

Creator Gatherer: thou hast pooled the waters. On this week’s third day, I have risen from the Sea’s instability to plant my feet on Earth’s solid ground. I beseech you to let me take root in thy law so that I may be planted by the pure river of water of life. Bless me to yield fruit in season and with leaves that never wither. Help me to prosper in whatever I do. Keep me from becoming chaff serving wind that cannot withstand your judgment. For thine is the Gathered congregation to righteous Unity; thou alone art worthy of eternal fruitfulness. Amen.

Wednesday Morning – Prayer for my Mind

Creator of Lights: thou hast created Time. I have risen on this fourth day of the week under heaven’s lights. I beseech your Rulers to protect my mind so that I may serve you today and defend against rulers of darkness. Clothe me with truth to stand within the strength of thy Kingdom and brightly shine your Light. Help me to be a fire in his dark world, a season of refreshment for others, a window for Time’s Wisdom to faithfully guard Truth year by year. Keep from the strangers that would rob me of thy Strength. For thine is the Light with all its stability; thou alone art worthy of eternal power. Amen.

Thursday Morning – Prayer for my Growth

Creator of Abundance: thou hast created Growth. On this week’s fifth day I have risen from stillness of darkness. I beseech you to let me manifest your command so that I may swim through the waters of Life and fly through its Air. Regenerate my being for all to see your abundance in me, for it is good. Multiply the effect of my actions to move people to fruitfulness. Help me to fill this day with Thy word and propagate its power. Keep me from all thoughts that prevent me from soaring in your heavens. For thine is the Fruitfulness with all its regeneration; thou alone art worthy of eternal pleasure. Amen.

Friday Morning – Prayer for my Victory

Creator of Man: thou hast created Victory. I have risen on this sixth day of the week from the dust of Earth. I beseech your Spirit to breathe into my being so that I may honour your Image today and subdue my dominion. Empower me to subdue earthly elements, for it is very good. Equip me to overcome Evil and escape its pollutions to establish thy Kingdom on Earth. Help me to enjoy thy bounty and share its plenty with everyone today. Keep me from worldly entanglements and deliver me from the wicked. For thine is the Victory, with all Faith; thou alone art worthy of eternal worship. Amen

Saturday Morning – Prayer for my Perfection

Creator of Endings: thou hast created Perfection. On this final day of the week, I have risen from the labours of work. I beseech you to finish your work in me for your eternal glory. Complete me with thy sanctification. cause this day to be one of blessing for all the miracles that advanced your Kingdom this week past. Help me to rest in thy Creation and enjoy its beauty with everyone I touch today. Keep me from temptation to work and deliver me into thy joy. For thine is the Sabbath with all its rest; thou alone art worthy of eternal sanctification. Amen.

Creating Order from Your Chaos

The story of creation provides a model for new beginnings. All cultures share this story and at its root is order from chaos. By embracing the chaos in a person’s life or organization’s current standing; you position yourself to receive an orderly creation of something better.

Producing a new beginning for any person or organization means just that: creating order from chaos.

This powerful notion of success is discovered by using a shared language of the Elements. Comparing explanations of origin in different cultures, faiths, and ancient philosophies, there is a shared story. The traditions have passed down:

Fire, Air, Water, and Earth were combined through a Spirit process that began with chaos and ended in order.

The Genesis story of Creation widely known in our Western civilization also preserves this ancient understanding of the Elements. It begins by recognizing existing chaos: “The earth was without form and void.”

  • SPIRIT – And God said.
  • FIRE – Let there be light.
  • AIR – Let there be a firmament (space as in “outer” space).
  • WATER – Let the waters be gathered.
  • EARTH – Let the dry land appear.

Enjoying hard earned success is finding order in your life. To get there, you followed a process because your life or your business needed change. Something was missing. You were seeking fulfillment.

From within yourself (spirit), you articulated a plan (fire). You separated into divisions (air) everything surrounding your project. From there a plan was formulated (water) connecting the divisions and your success appeared (earth).

Following this pattern propelled you to success. Recognizing this configuration allows you to enjoy continued success.

I have applied this arrangement to assess several sales organizations. The company would have already enjoyed success. It reached a plateau and was finding it difficult to grow beyond its last level of success. It was usually bogged down with a toxic environment.

Every time I assess a successful team in trouble, I emphasize two truths:

  1. The current problem was a result of their success and therefore contains the very elements for the solution;
  2. To go forward they had to be willing to allow “Light” to shine in the darkness of their chaos.

Many a successful person repels such revelations. They don’t want to face the reality of their problems. They state they want solutions but in practice their pride stands in the way. As leaders, they know subconsciously they are responsible. After successfully building their dream, they personalize attempts to apply needed change. They interpret these efforts from well-meaning consultants, staff members, and even colleagues as attacks on their character and/or position.

To enjoy the abundance of your hard earned success, you must remain open and coachable. Success never changes that fact. You are right to repel judgment on your actions. You are successful! You fulfilled your dream. However, do not allow that to cloud the light of reality. Remember that rules change to sustain success. Embrace the chaos. It is proof you possess the elements of success.

Remain open to the light of truth. It is your friend. It will be the difference between enjoying good success and great success.

Affirmation: I am abundant enjoying my hard earned success.

From 56 Notions of Success