Person, Place & Time

Those of you who have experience in the medical field will be familiar with the medical shorthand or abbreviation AOX3. The AO part stands for Alert and Oriented. The X3 part stands for person, place, and time. This is a simple but important exam that identifies the basic mentation of an individual. In order to pass the exam, the person must be alert to questions and have a correct orientation to who they are, where they are at, and the current time. Disorientation or slow response is a critical finding in the early stages of an exam. Our mental function and orientation in life are equally critical to our success and overall well-being. Understanding who you are, your place (or purpose), and the time (or season) you are currently in, helps us keep things in perspective as we navigate life in our ever-changing world.

Person – Knowing who you are is one thing, being confident in your person is altogether different. Colossians 1:16 says, “for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by him, and for him.” It is important to understand that each of us was created by God. Despite our struggles, mistakes, and insecurities, we were created by God and we have a purpose. This is good news, but there is even better news. John 1:12 provides a way to be even more connected with God. It says, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. Having the Creator of the universe accept us as one of His own, adds a whole new level of confidence and security.

Place – How many of you like a good plan? If you are like me, a good plan reduces stress and establishes expectations. The ability to find our place and purpose in life is critical to our success and happiness. God has a plan for each of us that leads to fulfillment and self-worth. Proverbs 19:21 says, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” For the planners out there, this one can be challenging. I am convinced that God has enjoyed a few good laughs with some of the plans that I created on my own. Proverbs makes it clear that the Lord’s purpose will prevail. We can come up with all the best plans, but if they are not in line with God’s purpose, they will not prosper. Being oriented to God’s plan for each of our lives, will ensure fulfillment and establish a strong sense of purpose.

Time – We are in some crazy times! Our world is filled with conflict, disasters, and sickness. We may all find ourselves surprised from time to time by what is happening around us. However, I was reminded recently that we serve a God that is not surprised by any of this. We all go through times or seasons in which things are challenging, stressful, and even painful. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “For everything, there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” This chapter provides a long list of examples like: “a time to weep and a time to laugh”; “a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.” However, it also goes on to say in verse 11, “He hath made everything beautiful in His time.” Regardless of what time or season you may be in personally, remember God is in control and will be the final author of the story.

What is needed more than ever are people that are committed to remaining alert and oriented to the person God says you are, the place that God wants you to be, and God’s timing for everything!

Challenge: Remember who God says that you are. Focus more on God’s purpose and plan than your own. Trust God’s timing regardless of the time or season. Always stay alert and oriented to the Truth about you as a person, your place, and the time!