I’ve talked about being present on the blog before as well as making sure you’re enjoying the seasons in your life. So today I thought I would talk about something that’s along the same lines & that’s living a life of balance. It’s very easy to get caught up in living a full life & sometimes the important areas in our lives get neglected. I’ve talked a lot about calling & passion on this blog as well & I always find it really important to be spending time on things that I love but also things that will better myself. Sometimes you have to say no to things that may truly be harmless but at the end of the day take you away from doing the things that truly matter. I’m not here to tell you that you need to stop being involved in your local church so you can make time for the important things in your life, but I am here to tell you that it’s okay to say no to certain things. One of my professors last semester talked about how sometimes churches keep their people busy to keep them away from falling into the wrong things but at times it’s counterproductive because it keeps them away from their relationship with God. We need to make sure we’re prioritizing the right things in our lives. So I want to give you a few tips that have helped me along the way.
- Use a planner
This is can be so useful if you’re writing down everything you plan to do in a week or day. It can also help you prioritize what’s the most important & what can wait until tomorrow. Something else that’s great about it is it’ll help see if maybe you’re way too busy & you need to cut somethings out. I write everything in my planner including my devotional times. It helps when you have a schedule & a place to put everything.
- Schedule a day of rest
I find this very important. My parents instilled this principle in our lives from a very young age. Ever since I can remember Sunday was our day of rest. We were supposed to have all our homework & chores done so that we could have a day to relax. This principle is in the Bible, even God took a day of rest after creation. This day will most likely look different for everyone, but I promise you, you’ll feel so much better knowing there’s at least one day per week where you can relax.
- Take time without your phone/social media
I get it we live in the social media world where ‘fomo’ (fear of missing out) is a real thing that a lot of people struggle with & it can be scary to unplug from the world around you but I promise you, you will find a lot more time to spend on a lot more important things if you just shut off your phone even if it’s for 30 minutes. I also find when we spend too much time on social media it’s very easy for us to become dissatisfied with our lives & it’s easy for us to then feel like we need to do more instead of focusing on what’s really important.
- Make time with God a priority
Making time with God a priority is the most important thing we can do. When we spend time with God we come away feeling refreshed & encouraged. If we’re not doing this all the other things I’ve mentioned will only work for a season before we start feeling more of a spiritual imbalance. Our spiritual life is THE most important part of our life & I genuinely believe if this part of your life is in balance everything else will fall into place.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal.A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.Ecclesiastes 3:1-8Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2