"Getting your ducks in a row".
You probably have heard this phrase, it means:
Be prepared, get organized, either in preparation for something to happen or to fix something that is not running properly. In other words “get your act together”.
One of the origins of this phrase is something you have probably seen before, a line of baby ducks following the mother duck on land and in water.
Here is my observation: The reason the ducks are in a row is that they are following at that moment the biggest relationship in their life....their mother!
My point, It is important to "have your act together", making sure details happen, and another phrase "making sure all the "t"s are crossed and the "i"s are dotted" but in the process none of it matters if it doesn't reflect the relationship that started the process.
I have been recently in conversations with a business where we have a great relationship with the management and we have been working on what we hope is a profitable partnership. We have now come to the point where we are "getting our ducks in a row" and this means turning the process over to the business and legal departments. This is normal, however in this process I am finding my ducks are not lining up with the relationship.
Here are three things that are important in the "ducks in a row" process:
1. Perception - You have to trust what or who you are following and if your perception ends up not being reality....you won't follow long! (what if one of those ducks followed a cat instead of its mother....disaster!)
2. Promises - If promises are made and then the "details" don't work with those promises you will not be a happy duck!
3. Expectations - If your expectations are not communicated you can have all of the "ducks in a row" but that is all you will have....A LINE OF DUCKS.....only order and no action...no forward motion.....no results!
I hope this helps you....it helps me to write it down and to reevaluate my lines of ducks and more importantly the relationships that go with those ducks.
By the way, we are all "ducks" of habit and we can fall into this trap in our most important relationship......with God.
We follow all the rules and regulations but they never quite line up to His reality of grace and mercy.
What happens when all we do is focus on the "ducks in a row" without relationship? 2 Timothy 3:2-5 (NIV) predicts this:
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power.
That our "ducks in a row" can always be dictated by relationships and not just by rules and the letter of the law.