“Balance is impossible, what’s the point?”
“I want to crawl into a hole and die”
“I am perfectly balanced in every way. What’s the big deal?”
“I’d much rather read about Fitness Friday Girl gaining weight. I’ll be back in a few days.”
“I don’t have time for this girlie nonsense, next blog please.”
This is what comes to my mind
Maybe it’s just me, but the concept of balance in life often seems unattainable, at least for the long-term. I go through seasons where I feel well-balanced, only to have some element of my life change, throwing me off balance again. Sometimes it can be something as large as a relocation or a small as an uncooperative child. Or a small, uncooperative child. Whatever.
I do not believe it’s God’s plan for us to constantly feel overwhelmed with our responsibilities. It’s oppressive. It’s distracting. It’s disheartening. I believe it’s one of the many tactics of the Enemy to make us ineffective. For me, being off balance keeps me from hearing God’s voice. When I can’t hear His voice, I can’t do His will. And, voila…I’m ineffective.
This is why I’m doing this series. I figure is this is an ongoing battle for me, it must be an ongoing battle for some of you, too. Because Satan uses the same tactics on all of us…he’s so NOT creative.
Which brings me to a few Balancing Basics:
~Balancing the demands of life is a continuing effort~
~Balancing the demands of life requires constant adjustment~
~Balancing the demands of life requires a certain mindset~
~Balancing the demands of life requires good time management~
~Balancing the demands of life is different for each person~
~Balancing the demands of life requires an eternal perspective~
~Balancing the demands of life is necessary if we want to hear God and accomplish our eternal purpose~
Over the next several posts, we’ll unpack each of those Balancing Basics. We’ll talk about priorities and prayer, mealtime and ministry, friendships and faith, computer time and communion with God, the secular and the sacred.
We’ll also talk to some of my favorite people, who I think do a great job of keeping all the plates in air, and discover some of their balancing secrets. Some of this will be very spiritual. And some of it will be surprising practical.
Oh, I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it.
As we begin, I’d like to hear from some of my other favorite people…YOU. Tell me, what hinders YOU from living a balanced life?