The Pursuit of Balance
Let all things be done decently and in order. I Cor. 14:40
You won’t need to have too many conversations with people today to find that many of us feel overworked, under-rested, and to be completely honest, extremely stressed out.
The relentless struggle to do all the things required by our commitments to our jobs and our families, inevitably leads us to take inadequate time to care for ourselves. As a perfectionist, the words of I Corinthians above might lead me to feel even more pressure and work to be done. Let’s be fair, things can always be done better. But rather what I see in the verse above is that we must learn instead to take own the tasks only we are to do. Achieving a sense of balance in our lives comes from learning to say no and becoming laser focused on the task God has called each of us to.
If you are feeling out of balance today, I’d like to encourage you to take a step back, assess and analyze where that stress is coming from and then make adjustments if necessary to dial back your work load to only the things that He has called you to do. If there are no adjustments to be made, as is sometimes the case, then resting in the provision of His grace and strength will be what you must do as you navigate a busy season. Sometimes there is a sense of order restored in these busy times, just by acknowledging that He is in charge of it all and will help you through it. Knowing there is an end to the busy season eventually is also incredibly beneficial!