Everyone appears to be busy. When I ask people how they are doing, they respond with “busy, Ray.” Our society has become busier than ever, and we all feel the effects. I have counselled many people who are having difficulty achieving a healthy work/life balance. They feel pressure and stress, often internal, to get more accomplished, make more money, have their children involved in many activities, and maintain a fulfilling relationship with their spouse. For many of us, busy quickly becomes overwhelming and depressed
Is this the way God desired for us to live?
The answer is no! Scripture says there is a time for everything. It goes on to show that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and satisfied. God’s design for us includes a healthy work/life balance. He wants us to be able to experience His great gifts of happiness, family and love. When we have balance in our lives, we are best positioned to receive those gifts.
Today, when you find yourself experiencing anxiety or feeling overwhelmed by the demands on your time, ask yourself, “What am I trying to accomplish?” “Is my busyness part of a greater goal and does that goal honour God?” “Does my current schedule allow me to fully experience His presence or does it create an obstacle to my spiritual growth?” We are all busy. Let yours have a purpose that makes God and family the priority.
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil- this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
Yahweh, I believe you created me to be productive. But time and time again I get into a pattern of saying yes and adding one more thing to my already full calendar. Soon I end up exhausted and overwhelmed. Father, forgive me for relying on my own strength instead of calling out for help. You are my hope and the answer in this struggle. God, I know you love me and want me to live in good health. You want me to prosper at work and bodily. Please help me when I start running full speed ahead, to remember to let You guide me. Help me stay centred on Your will, your word, and your way. In Jesus Amen.
1. In what area of your life do you experience the greatest challenge to maintaining balance? What has been the effect on your family? On your spiritual life?
2. What steps do you need to take to regain that balance? What will be the effect on your life if you take these steps? What will be the effect if you do nothing?
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