For the longest, I use to try and live a “Balanced Life”! Juggling all responsibilities, those at church, at home, at work… please my wife, my kids, my friends, constantly trying to keep everyone happy. But of course, you guessed it… it wasn’t working and it’s not possible! Someone was still mad, some task was still not done and some days were still frustrating. NOT because of a lack of effort, but because God never called or created me to live a “balanced life” Matthew 6:24 (Contemporary English Version).
"You CANNOT be the slave of two masters! You WILL like one more than the other or be more loyal to one than the other. You CANNOT serve both God and money."
Yes, Jesus is talking about serving both the Kingdom of God and Kingdom of this world. Yet, a transcendent principle is that our heart can’t be equally in two places at the same time. Plus, balanced inherently implies that “all things are equal at all times”. Well, many current statistics say that we spend more time doing work-related tasks such as driving to work, being at work and driving from work than we actually spend at home. The point is Jesus says it’s creatively, emotionally and spiritually impossible to ‘equally’ love everything and everyone at the same level.
The lesson to learn here is… our lives aren’t to be balanced, but prioritized. Meaning, through our daily submission to God’s authority, we give him permission to schedule our affections, agenda and associations. Now, this doesn’t change the fact that the starting order is: God, Family, etc… it simply means, that we must relinquish trying to control the very details of our lives. For some seasons life may require more time at home… more time at work… more time doing ministry. The key is making sure we’re truly, authentically, and accurately discovering God’s will as we go through the seasons of life.
So, we’re not living by personal preferences, traditional teachings or cultural norms. Instead, we permit the authority of God’s Word begins to plan our lives in seasons and stages. He regulates our output level of emotions, expectations, and efforts. It’s not a vision issue, but a value issue! Choosing to value God’s timing and purpose over everything and everyone else’s opinions. Because when it’s all over, God isn’t going to ask if we’re live balanced, but did our lives flow in harmony with what He was asking of us in each season of our lives?
I invite you to examine your life to see if your priorities are in line with what you know of His will for your life. If not, what changes do you need to make? If you’re doing well, how can you develop your potential at the next level to honor God even more?
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Wed, September 28, 2011
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