Tonight I was walking into the grocery store after a long day of volunteering at my son’s school, which I love to do. I started to think about how we are all so overcommitted, overworked, overtired and, for some, just over God. We are going through the motions: work, school, sports, dinner, and off to bed–only to get up and do it all again.
Are we losing out on the intimacy in our marriages because we are so stressed out and too busy to take time for each other?
Are we losing out on the relationships with our children because we are too busy running after a career or money, or are we just overcommitted because we can’t say NO?
Is there no balance in families anymore because we have felt we always need to be going, doing, and getting involved in something?
Satan loves when we are so distracted that we have no time for God, family, or ourselves. We are slowly burning out. I know, I’ve been there, and it took having a breakdown to stop and look at what was really important in my life.
What is balance? One definition is the stability of one’s mind or feelings, the ability to remain in a steady position without falling. In my own words, it’s everything in moderation: knowing when to work hard, play hard, and rest hard.
God is balance. God is not overcommitted, and even He rested on the seventh day.
God doesn’t want us involved in everything, for when we are overdoing it, we are distracted from what truly matters: our relationship with Him. When that is out of balance for me, so is my life. Do you find that too?
Mornings can feel so rushed that it’s hard to begin our day with God. At night we often feel so exhausted that we just collapse. Some mornings I find myself lying in bed and praying, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” because I’m too tired to get up.
There’s something wrong with that picture. No one is benefiting from that! I know when I miss out on my quiet time, my prayer time, my devotional time, that I am unbalanced and easily annoyed. I’m easily distracted and not walking in God’s will. It only puts me in danger for the enemy to gain a stronger hold. I have learned over time that if I don’t make time for God, I lose my peace, joy, and contentment.
I always have to remind my family and myself that if we can make time for other things, then we need to have a joyful attitude in the presence of God and make time for Him.
I know at times it’s not easy, for life can be so demanding. Some days I fall short, and that’s okay, for God sees our hearts. I started with a good devotional five minutes a day. I talk to God all day as well, for He walks with us.
Maybe you’re not sure how to fit that time in? Find a good devotional that has scripture readings and start there. Turn to Psalms and read a scripture a day and try to meditate on it throughout the day. Even just sitting quietly with Him with no agenda is some of the best prayer time I’ve had. Some might say wake up a half hour early, but that has not worked for me, for I am a sleepyhead–but I do try!!! You will find your rhythm; just know that what’s most important is your time with God, which does not have to be perfect.
We need to stay strong, wear our armor, feed our soul, worship and sit in His presence. This is my recipe for finding balance, peace, and joy in the chaos of this manic world.
Let’s simplify our life and find the balance we need to stay close to God.