“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)
Balance is something we often take for granted, until something throws it out of whack. We often hear we need to eat a balanced diet (mainly that we need to ditch the snack foods and throw in more leafy greens, whole-grains, and fruits.) But what about a balanced life? How important is that? What does a balanced life look like?
In this crazy-busy lifestyle most of us lead nowadays, finding balance in our lives isn’t top on our list of to-dos. Yet it’s often when we lose our focus and let our agendas pile up that we find ourselves near the breaking point. Patience wears thin. Tempers flare. Relationships melt down. Families dissolve. Stress-related illnesses spike to unimaginable levels. Sound familiar?
So, how do we find balance in this face-paced, many-faceted world? How do we decide what stays and what goes? For me, it boils down to priorities–asking myself, what truly matters? What has staying power in my life?
I love to write! As a free-lance writer and Inspirational Historical Romance author, I can easily get caught up in my writing and neglect other aspects of my life. Housework for one! When life is busy, and I can’t carve out an acceptable time to write, I grow frustrated—at times obsessing about finishing a scene or a story on a certain day, even if it means rushing through my personal Bible study, or getting the evil eye from my husband for working too late!
That’s when I have to take a step back and remind myself that even good things (like writing inspirational novels/stories) can become a negative if it interferes with my time with the Lord, my commitment to family, or serving others.
There’s a fine line, a delicate balance we must walk in order to keep in step with what God wants to accomplish in our lives. Each of us has to find the right balance for his/her own life. No one else can decide it for us. God has a plan for each of us. Only by staying in continual contact with Him through prayer and Scripture can we learn what that may be.
Do you struggle to find balance in your life? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what works for you.
Read more of Cynthia’s inspirational writing at: http://puttingonthenew.com/author/cynthiaroemer/