“The Disorderly Orderly”


Jerry Lewis movies were ridiculous.  I’m not a fan of slapstick.  But give me a two-minute clip, and I’m howling.

Then I’m done.

In “The Disorderly Orderly,” he played Lewis, a mental hospital helper who supposedly took on various patients’ symptoms.

I resemble that remark!

In fact, I haven’t met anybody who doesn’t have their own personal bevy of “symptoms.”  In the alphabet soup of disorders (some of which are indeed legit), it seems each of us has the propensity.

Now, I am not making light of serious illness; it’s obvious there is trouble—demonic, chemical, or both.  But I’m not the first to observe foolish ignorance and sinful pride resulting in developmental fallowness.  Sometimes the collectively “educated” just give it a fancy handle.

I dare you not to see your own friends and relatives in this list; I know I did.  (Sorry.)

But mostly, I saw me:

Anxiety Disorder WorryExhaustion


Attention DeficitHyperactivity Disorder Difficult focusImpulsive
Autism Impaired social skillsPoor communication

Repetitive behavior

Bipolar Mood swings
Bulimia Binge eating
Conduct Disorder ThieveryVandalism


Conversion Hysteria / Fits
Depersonalization Detachment from self
Depression ApathyBad mood
Dissociative Identity Multiple personalities
Dyslexia Jumbled reading
Hypochondria Worry about health
Narcolepsy Sleeplessness
Obsessive-Compulsive Nervous habitsHording


Oppositional Defiance Anger-guided disobedience
Panic Attack Fear and nervousness
Phobias Avoidance of certain things
Post-traumatic Stress FlashbacksNightmares


Schizophrenia DelusionsDisorganized thinking
Social Anxiety Fear of social interaction
Tourette’s Impulsive ticSporadic swearing

In all of this, if we are Christian, there’s hope for us yet.  We no longer need be strictly anxious, distracted, volatile, defiant, depressed, obsessive, or stressed.  We have been given the Lord’s Spirit, Who is loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled.

Therein’s the rub:  our old nature wages war against His new.

But, the hope!

We get to pick:  Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and… put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.  

It’s the beginning of a new week; which shall I choose: disorderly or orderly?

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