In order to have a balanced life, you will have to give up something. But what you gain is worth more than the temporary relief that you feel when you barely catch the next ball before it hits the ground.
Let me give you an example. In obedience to what I believe God told me to do, this year I’m teaching school only Tuesdays through Thursdays; so I can have time to write to you and work on the music that God has given me. It’s really been an awesome school year. I’ve actually had time to sleep until 8 or 9 AM a few mornings. And although I spend way too much prep time at school on Mondays and Fridays, and after school on Tuesdays through Thursdays, I at least have the freedom to breathe and work at my own pace. (Okay, so I’m still struggling with balancing my work schedule. [smiles])
Believe it or not, I’m a lot better than I used to be. These days, I spend time with my grandson. Sometimes I just sit and rest my mind. And yet, I still have many balls in the air. Really what I did was I exchanged one set of balls for another. I know that doesn’t sound wise, but there is something else I’ve done. I’ve placed my responsibilities in God’s amazing hands for Him to juggle. He knows what’s due when. He knows how to do what I need to do and how to reveal to me the steps I must take.
To be honest, this ‘trust God’ faith principal is tough on people like me who feel safe only when we are ‘in control’ of everything. It reminds me of the fear I felt, standing at the edge of the diving board for the first time, knowing that I had to jump. The instructor was waiting with the pole to catch me, but I barely knew how to swim and tread water. (By the way, if you replace the delight on this little girl’s face with terror, you will have a more accurate picture of what I looked like! [LOL]
I figure that if I could place my life in the hands of a lady with a pole, surely I can place it in the hands of the one who made me, loves me, and will take care of me. I like choosing to trust my Heavenly Father. I love Him so dearly. And when I trust Him, like a little child trusting her father, He showers me with His favor. Even in the tough times, I will center my mind on God’s Word and not worry. I will choose to ask for wisdom, trust that His direction is right, then prioritize and obey.
What priorities have I set? I want God’s instructions to be first. I want my relationship with Him to be first. Then He helps me to decide what specific steps I need to take during the day. Sometimes family is top on my list, sometimes it’s me, sometimes it’s ministry, sometimes it’s others and sometimes it’s work; depending on what’s needed at the time.
I know you saw that I included myself in the priority list. You see, God is teaching me that in order to love others effectively, I need to LOVE ME and treat myself with respect. I need to eat right, exercise, and get some rest, which includes resting my mind. A minister reminded me recently that God wants me to take care of His creation, and I am a part of His creation. That will help to bring balance in my life.
To prove the point, I think that now is a great time to stop this post. This is going to be a very challenging week and I need a little vacation time (smiles).
Please come back and visit again.
Below are scriptures that may assist you in your journey:
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 ” …11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,”
If you want more wisdom for the journey, join me in reading from Proverbs each day. There happens to be 31 chapters, so we can read a different chapter for each day of the month. If I miss a day, I don’t stress. I open the Word, read, and enjoy.
So, until we meet next time, breathe deeply, relax, and choose not to worry. Trust that God’s grace (His divine power to help you do what you can not do on your own) is sufficient to see you through. God can balance your life, one moment at a time, one step at a time. It’s the way to etj3 (enjoying the journey with the Trinity)!
Questions for today – Do you have areas of your life that are out of balance? What are you doing about it?
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