Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
Well, today is Family Day in most of Canada. It’s a day to set aside the busyness of life and give thanks for and spend time with our loved ones. It is very appropriate that this week’s devotion is on the importance of having balance in our life.
Let’s top up our coffee and reflect on this thing we call ‘balance’…
Life: A Balancing Act
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:23-24
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
Balance. Life is a balancing act! Work and home; personal activities and family; fun and discipline; responsibilities and play, and the list goes on and on. When one area gets too much attention, another is neglected. Where can we find balance?
God says all things are permissible but not all things are beneficial. Therefore, even though our days can be filled with things we love or feel we need to do, if we are stressed out, anxious, snapping at the ones we love, then our life is probably out of balance.
Whether this is you or not, it is good to reflect regularly on where you are emotionally, and on where and how you spend your time – remembering that the most important things are relational: first God, then family – spouse and children. If in all your doings, you are neglecting or being short with these individuals and relationships, then you need to take it to the Lord in prayer and ask for assistance to create a proper balance. You then may need to look at your list of activities and adjust or step back from one or two or a few of them.
God does not desire for anything to separate your marriage or be detrimental to your children or other relationships. He desires your life’s balance to allow you to seek him and to be content, and for you to be all whom you need to be for those he puts in your life; remembering that work, recreational activities and the like have their important place in our lives, but are tools in life’s endeavours, not the goals. Therefore, to bring balance may require you to be content with working towards and obtaining what you need and forgoing – for now- things you want, for the sake of these relationships, as well as, your own peace and contentment. May God give you the wisdom to find balance between family, friends, work, and play; and peace in all areas as you seek him and that balance through his guidance.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank-you for your blessings! Thank-you for my family and friends, for the work I have in my day, and the activities I enjoy. Please help me to put all these in balance and to help me commit my day to seeking you and to giving my spouse and family the priority these relationships require. Thank-you for the income I receive and the shelter we have. Please help me not to give greater importance to these activities and ‘things’ than those you have placed in my life. Help me to create and maintain a balance in all areas of my life.
Reflection: Reflect on areas of your life that seem out of balance or the things in life that are causing you, your family or those closest to you stress and discontentment. Are there things that are creating an imbalance with your family time or God time. Write them down and pray that God help bring them into balance in your life and if it requires you to change your mindset, that He help you make that change and to be content and at peace. This change may mean eliminating something from your schedule. Start with one change at a time and focus on God’s will for your life and His guiding you to find that balance and joy in life with those you love.