Orderliness, Part 3 (The Man in the Mirror #62)

Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is directed to all young people, but primarily to young black men, young black women, and their parents. We are thankful for all the people who are standing up for justice and racial equality. But this podcast is about the man in the mirror. What are you doing for the glory of God, to make life better for others, for your family, and for yourself? This podcast is about living life in such a way that it cuts back on the chance of being harassed or killed by the authorities or anyone else and helps you to live the good life of peace and joy.

Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

In keeping with our theme of dealing with the man (or woman) in the mirror, we are going to continue discussing the building of important biblical character traits in your life. Today, we will continue looking at the quality of Orderliness from “The Power for True Success” by the Institute in Basic Life Principles.

“I’m going out to see my Father’s world.” These words were often heard as the young pastor went for a jog in the morning sunshine. His usual route involved running two miles to a certain hill and then back again. Sometimes he would run farther on to a bird sanctuary to see more of his “Father’s world.” Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock’s vigorous morning exercise set the tone for his day—praise to God and enjoyment of life.

Rev. Babcock was a man of many talents. A brilliant scholar and athlete, he had been an expert swimmer and the captain of the collegiate baseball team. His musical interests had included directing the university orchestra, playing multiple instruments, and composing Godly music. Other talents involved his leading the university glee club, singing, and art. In his leisure time, he was also an avid fisherman. Though he could have chosen from many different professions, Rev. Babcock’s love for the Lord led him to choose the pastoral ministry. During his first pastorate he composed the hymn, “This Is My Father’s World.”

This is my Father’s world,
And to my list’ning ears,
All nature sings and round me rings
The music of the spheres.

How was Rev. Babcock able to accomplish so much? One way was in prioritizing his time well. Every morning he had an hour scheduled for prayer. If he had not set that time aside, other tasks in his busy life would have easily crowded out his prayer time and hindered his relationship with the Lord. In his poem “Be Strong,” he wrote:

We are not here to play, to dream, to drift,
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift,
Shun not the struggle; face it;
’Tis God’s gift.

While in his early forties, Rev. Maltbie’s church gave him and his wife a very special gift—a trip to Egypt and Palestine. Sailing for home afterward, he took ill of a deadly fever, and the ship took him to Naples, Italy. He died there at the International Hospital on May 18, 1901. Six months later, his wife compiled and published his poems and hymns. Included in the collection was the hymn, “This Is My Father’s World.”

Orderliness is “preparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the greatest efficiency.” Certainly Rev. Maltbie’s life exemplified orderliness! Unaware of the shortness of his time on earth, he wisely arranged his days with purposeful planning, making times with the Lord a priority. His hymn points to his trust in an omnipotent God Who does all things well. May we stop and observe the beauty and order of creation, and learn to arrange our days so we may achieve greater efficiency for God!


Let’s Pray

Now, in closing, in order to be saved — in order to get right with God — you cannot look at the man in the mirror, but the Man Christ Jesus. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how.

John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that -whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can have a home in Heaven. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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