The Great Balancing Act
Ever feel like your life is one giant balancing act? I know I have: Family; Ministry or Service; Friends; and oh yeah, Yourself! Sometimes I think the hardest thing for me to do is to achieve proper balance in my life. I can easily get my priorities all upside down. Give in to the tyranny of the urgent, and be one who puts out little fires – only to let the important things in my life burn to the ground. Sound familiar? So how do I ever get it right in the long term? How do I NOT fall back into unbalanced habits? I know there has to be an answer – where do I go to find it? I want it found not just for myself, but for my students at Teen Challenge as well. When a Teen Challenge student leaves the program, we try to help them set up a very strong support system. We also challenge them to keep proper balance in their lives. We drive home how important it is to keep God first. Then comes “LIFE”. They can get so busy trying to “make” everything work, that their priorities become skewed – just like what happens to the rest of us. Unfortunately, when this happens, it is very easy to go back to old, negative habits – habits that lead to very destructive lifestyles. So, I ask again, what is the answer to having a balanced life; and where do we go to find it?
We need to go to the source. The answer, like everything else, is found in Scripture: Matthew 6:33: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” Wow! Simple isn’t it? It should be, but often it isn’t. We have such a tendency to work things out our own way, instead of God’s way. But, again, I believe the answer is laid out for us in the Word. I think of David, Daniel, and even the Lord Jesus Himself. They spent time in prayer! You read in Psalms where David said “early will I seek thee”. Daniel refused to NOT pray. Jesus went out to be alone in prayer – as was His habit. I have to ask myself: Do I seek God first? Do I ask Him to direct my day? Do I ask God to set my priorities? As simple as it sounds, I believe this is the key! When I seek Him first – He will order my day! As I seek God, I also need to acknowledge that my life is His – that His Kingdom comes first not my little kingdoms of self will. I also need to put into practice “His Righteousness” – my world view needs to be His world view. I need to look at every event; every person; every situation through His lens of love. My focus must be dialed in with His truth and wisdom. The world will try to block God’s view of things. It is up to me to keep the clutter of the world out of my life. Practically speaking, I need to start my day in prayer and in the Word – no matter how busy my day! It also wouldn’t hurt for me to take “God breaks” – breaks throughout the day where I re-set my focus. Then at the end of my day, I need to be one who gives thanks for ALL God has done for me throughout the day. I love what Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do today that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” Luther had it right! And God used him mightily!
I honestly think a great weapon in the Enemy’s arsenal is keeping us so busy that we become unbalanced. I don’t know about you, but I want to disarm the Enemy today! I want to take back any ground I have given him! I have so much to do today. So, I think I am going to go spend time with the only One who can make sense of my day – the only One who can give me the right priorities – the only One who has the complete plan. Got to go… Prayer and the Word are calling me! #doingitgod’sway #balance=Godfirst