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Put it in the right order

As a child I was intrigued by TV shows that depicted a court setting and my favourite scenes were of the Judge hitting his gavel on the table and shouting, “Order! Order in the court!” Anyone who persisted with disorderly conduct was charged with contempt of court. The judge would at best declare a fine or at worst dish out a jail sentence to that individual who would then be taken away by the court bailiff. 

I wondered why this thing called order was so important that one could acquire such harsh penalties for not observing it. Order can be defined as: The disposition of things following one after another, as in space or time; succession or sequence: E.g. the names were listed in alphabetical order. Or, a condition in which each thing is properly disposed with reference to other things and to its purpose; methodical or harmonious arrangement: e.g. you must try to give order to your life. 

Everything in life has some kind of methodical arrangement for its purpose to be fulfilled, and a proper sequence in which that arrangement should come together. Take for instance plants – their purpose is to grow and bear some kind of fruit. First, let’s talk about the conditions to facilitate growth. Remember the scientific experiment of trying to grow beans back in school? We needed the bean seed, soil, water, light, and atmosphere (air). All these had to be arranged in a methodical order for the purpose of growth to happen. The seed goes in the soil, then it is watered , then daylight rises on it and air is available in the atmosphere. If any one factor were missing, it would affect the arrangement and sequence. In other words, it would disrupt the order. The seed would only grow for a while but eventually it would die. In the same vein, if any one of the factors were applied to the seed out of the proper sequence, the seed would likely die. Adding water first, then light and air would make the seed grow only for a little while, but without the soil coming first in the sequence, the seed would struggle to survive. 

We must take time to study the right order for everything in our lives and then ensure that we put it in the right order so we harness the growth potential it all has.