I just had an amazing four day getaway with my husband. We relaxed on the beach, walked in the sand, laughed and enjoyed uninterrupted moments together.
And then we got back to our house, jobs and four kids.
I woke up this morning and immediately felt overwhelmed. Do you ever wondered how you are going to get everything done on your to-do list?
Laundry, groceries, kids, meals, work, time with your spouse, exercise, rest. It can be an overwhelming feeling! It got me thinking….
We must remember that everything we do reflects our love for Him, even when it seems mundane. God sent Jesus to live as one of us. He experienced our life and the many demands. And although the life He lived was very different from ours is today, we can look to the Bible for the importance of balance between our life/work.
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24 NLT.) In other words, all our work is done on behalf of Christ.
A parallel verse occurs just a few verses earlier, “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17 NLT.) Again, this says that whatever we do, in work or business, it is to be done in the name of Jesus, to reflect His love for us.
As a child of God we must take time to set priorities to find balance in our life. So how do we do this?
Make a Plan– Finding balance is about prioritizing, making a plan, and then getting it completed. Our priorities should include God being first, and then prioritizing family, time for ourself, others, responsibilities, jobs, etc. Plan your work, and then work your plan.
Make Time for God– Sounds a little strange, but we must set aside time to spend with God each day. A constant relationship with God is the key to finding balance and sets the pace for everything else we do. Schedule a date with the one who loves you the most!
Make Time for Family– God has given us all a responsibility to be there for our families. This is not to be taken lightly. We need to teach our kids about God, invite Him to be present in our family life, and thank Him regularly for our gifts.
Make Time for your Self– We all have the same amount of time. It’s how we use our time that can make a difference. It’s important that we spend time doing enjoyable things with others as well as alone. Exercise can help clear our minds and allow us to re-focus when we feel tired. Spending time for ourselves feeds our soul and spirit and makes us better friends, parents, employees, and spouses.
So what about stress? Stress has a familiar pattern: worry, strain, and nervous tension accompanied by a frenzy of rush and hurry. It is a feeling of having too much to do, too many problems, feeling driven and distraught. Stress causes us to become mentally and emotionally upset. When we feel stressed, we are out of balance. Handling stress allows us to find balance in our life.
Jesus knew about stress. “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” (Matthew 6:25-26, NLT.) He is saying, don’t worry about the stresses of life, I will help you!
So next time you wake up burdened by your list of things to-do, ask God to help you remember to focus on Him and to find balance as you go through your day.