A couple of years ago, I read a line in a book called Big Idea by Dave Ferguson.  In this book, he lays out how his staff handles a logistical nightmare in how they plan.  The way their church organizes around one thought and gets so much accomplished requires a ton of work.  When I read it, I was a little discouraged because I thought I could never do something like that.

I changed my mind when I read a line where he said something to the effect of: “You probably think our staff is organized.  We are not.  Most of our staff is not naturally organized.  But we are disciplined.”

That line resonated with me.  I am not an organized person by nature.  For most of my life, I have been a procrastinator.  But when more and more ministry opportunities arose for me in the last few years, I had a decision to make.  I could either just get by with what I could get done on my limited organizational abilities, or I could resolve to discipline myself to do something great.

What does that mean for me?

  • I set up detailed calendars with reminders of stuff I have to do (I don’t want to chance that I will remember)
  • I make to-do lists of tasks at work, home, etc. (when I check them off, there is a sense of completion and closure)
  • I set up a devotional reading schedule
  • I try to handle a piece of paper only once
  • If I can’t handle something right then, I email myself to make sure I will remember
  • I set up milestones of projected dates of completion for certain projects
  • I set up my calendar weekly to project what I can get done with the office time I have

Those are just a few things I have to do to help my disorganized self.  Be disciplined today to do something for the Kingdom!

Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.