Whenever I think of the phrase “Work/Life Balance” this is what I picture:
You remember the teeter totter, right? It was impossible to keep perfectly balanced, and someone always ended up with a sore rear-end. Did you ever try to balance one of those by standing in the middle? Even while being in the middle, it never stayed perfectly balanced. And even if you did manage to balance that awkward hunk of wood and metal, it only lasted for a nano-second, if that.
So the world comes to me and says I need work/life balance, which inevitably means one side or the other will go down.
If I put my effort into the life God has called me to, then my work will suffer.
If I put effort into my work God has called me to then my life will suffer.
So I am supposed to perch between the middle of the two evenly doling out my effort in perfect proportion so as to keep everything in balance?
Is that supposed to be something we are striving towards? Something that’s is impossible to achieve, and short-lived?
Let me show you a better way…
A God-centered life.
Think wheel instead of teeter-totter. God is the hub.
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Every other area of my life springs out from Him, because they are all gifts that has given to me. They all come from Him.
When my relationship with God is at the center of my life, everything will receive the appropriate time, resources, and effort. I will have balance in all areas of my life. Guaranteed.
It’s just that simple. Notice I said it was simple, not that it was easy. But it’s not impossible either.
If my focus is on building and growing in my relationship with God, everything else will be a manifestation of that relationship. The wheel of life will turn smoothly and I will see progress and forward movement in every area of my life. And I will be centered. I will have peace and calm in the midst of all the areas of my life that are vying for my attention and presence.
If I get away from that God-focus, and start to focus more on anything on the outer-edge of the wheel, life will be a wobbly mess. In order to fix the wobbly mess, I will jump to the next thing on the wheel to try to stabilize that, and the next and so on, and so on. But when I stop the crazy spinning, and jumping, and wobbling, and get back to the center; then the balance will return.
Where are you at today? Are you still trying to balance the teeter-totter? Have you bought into the world’s notion of a work/life balance? Are you trying to do the impossible, all the while wondering why it isn’t working?
Come to the wheel. Make your relationship with God the center of your life.
Experience what true balance is; and the peace that only God can give. God has been waiting for you for a long time. He watches you struggle and longs to release you from yourself, your independence, your self-will. Surrender your life to Him and watch Him do amazing things!
Are you on the wheel, knowing that God is important, but you are hanging out on the edges, wobbling, frantically trying to balance the moving wheel in a way that defies physics?
Come back to the center. Having experienced the peace of God, do you think you no longer need Him? Do you think He has left you to go it alone? He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. Come back to Him. He is waiting for His beloved daughter with open arms.
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Get God-centered this week and you will get balance, and peace.