Living a Balanced Life (Part 1)
Equilibrium and balance are basic principles of the universe, and God loves balance. He designed it. Not only that, He's interested in us living a balanced life. In fact, When my life is out of balance, I'm not in God's will. Today we're going to look at several principles of balance from God's Word.
1. I build my life around Christ.
Jesus is the most balanced person who ever lived, and if He is at the center of my life, He will teach me how to be balanced.
Think of our life like a wheel. At the center of the wheel is the hub. Out of that hub are all the spokes of life which represent our relationships, our family, our career, our finances, our dreams, our goals and every other area of our life. We will build our life around something. Something is going to be at the center of our life. I don't know what it is. If I were to ask you, "What does your life revolve around right now?" it might be work. It might be our family. It might be possessions.
How do you know what your life is centered around? Simple. What do we think about the most? Whatever we think about the most is what we center our life around.
Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
If we put Jesus Christ at the center, He can direct, He can influence, He can empower, He can give stability to every spoke of your life whether it's education, career, family, etc.
2. I accept my humanity.
That means I stop trying to pretend that I'm God. I stop trying to pretend that I have all the answers, that I can solve everybody's problem, that I can meet every need and that I can fulfill everyone's expectation. I have to recognize that I have limitations. I'm a human being. I'm not superman, and neither are you. When we play God, we always end up overworking.
Ecclesiastes 10:15 (GN) "Only someone too stupid to find his way home would wear himself out with work."
He says it's dumb to wear ourselves out with work. When we overwork, we're playing God. We're saying, “it all depends on me! It's all going to crash if I don't keep it going." No, it's not. We are not the general manager of the universe. We can resign and it's not going to fall apart.
God will take care of things.
3. I limit my Labor
Make a conscious decision to make time for other things besides work. We take our work home with us, never slow down, and never take a break.
Just like a bow and arrow: a bow that is constantly strung tight, loses its power. It has to be unstrung periodically. We need to force ourselves to set some realistic hours and then hold ourselves accountable to somebody else to check up on us to make sure we're not overworking.
What I'm talking about is not just some good advice, it's so important that God put it in the Ten Commandments.
Exodus 20:9-10 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God.
Why? Because God wired us up to be in a rhythm of work and rest. Our best requires rest. This principle is called the Sabbath. Sabbath simply means "A day of rest." God expects us to observe a Sabbath every seven days. That means a day of rest. Why? Notice what Jesus said in
Mark 2:27 The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people
It's for our benefit. Every week we take a full day off. Not every other week. Every week. It doesn't matter what day it is as long as you do it. Sunday is not a Sabbath for me. My Sabbath is Saturday. That's my day. What do we do on our Sabbath? atch up on all the things we didn't do the other six days? No. That's not what God says to do.
God says to do three things on our Sabbath:
1) Rest my body.
2) Recharge my emotions.
3) Refocus my spirit.