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    by Susan McGrath

In Alignment
Date Posted: September 8, 2007

Although I have never been to the chiropractor, friends and family members tell me it is a relief to get everything back in alignment. If I don't get an ergonomically correct chair to use while I'm working on the computer I believe I will soon find out firsthand.

I personally have difficulty aligning my schedule because there are just too many things occurring simultaneously. I'm trying to align everything with the clock and the calendar and there just isn't enough time or space for it to fit. I know in my heart that I can't align everything perfectly, but I have trouble convincing my brain sometimes. Only God can sufficiently align my hours, days and weeks to make sense and be productive, but I have to be willing to submit to him, just as a chiropractor's patient submits to treatment to get realigned.

This alignment issue was presented to me through an object lesson for many years, but I never recognized it until recently Every time I helped put on a special program or production in the church building the pulpit would be moved so we could use the center stage more effectively. That was the easy part. The hard part was getting it back in position. If I planned ahead I could usually get a couple of people stronger than I to move the pulpit, which is big and made of oak. Then it needed to be centered on the stage.

I noticed years ago that I could stand behind it, look out over the auditorium and try to align the microphone with the clock on the back wall. That worked well enough, but because of the long distance and the flexibility of the microphone, the alignment was not always perfect. Then I discovered that if I stepped down off the stage and looked up at the pulpit I could align it with something hanging on the wall behind it - the cross. This made for perfect alignment every time because I was closer to the cross than to the clock and I was looking up - my perspective was correct.

Spiritually, I have to remind myself that looking up and aligning with the cross is the only way I can ever get my life in alignment.

"I lift my eyes up to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and was set down and the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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