Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Beautiful Balance!

He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor. (Prov. 21:21) 

We've been programmed to think that fatigue is next to godliness. That the more exhausted we are (and look!), the more committed we are to spiritual things and the more we earn God's smile of approval. . . . As a result, we have become a generation of people who worship our work . . . who work at our play . . . and who play at our worship. 

Hold it! Who wrote that rule? Why have we bought that philosophy?Whatever possessed someone to make such a statement? How did we ever get caught in the maddening undertow? 

I challenge you to support it from the Scriptures. Start with the life (and lifestyle) of Jesus Christ. . . . His was a life of beautiful balance. He accomplished everything the Father sent Him to do. Everything. And He did it without ignoring those essential of restful leisure. If that is the way He lived, then it makes good sense that that is the way we, too, must learn to live. 

Strengthen Your Grip 

A beautiful balance.

Is it impossible to achieve? On our own strength, yes. What I'm implying is that achieving a beautiful balance can be accomplished with God and God alone. As servant leaders, all of us have the natural tendency to go gung ho in our service to the Lord. Even though this is a very encouraging sign of how much we love God and how passionate we are in our service to others, it is anything but natural and wise when it is all said and done.

It is neither natural nor wise to lean too heavily in any particular direction when it comes to our work-life balance because all of our time, energy, and resources will be absorbed in one area instead of "spreading the wealth" in a balanced manner. Can we be gung ho in something for a very brief period of time? We sure can! Yet at the same time, we must exercise discernment to learn when to let go of one thing and to grab unto the next thing. 

My dear friends, discernment is a must in our daily living regardless of what we do or where we are (figuratively or literally). If we are going to truly experience a beautiful balance in all areas of our lives and be a blessing to both God and everyone around us, we need to stop and take a moment to really think, pray, and then act on whatever it is that God happens to lay upon our hearts and spirit. Always remember friends, His will (not ours) be done. Amen.

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).