Most of us don’t like to wait. Yet even with our latest technology advances, experts say we spend an average of two years of our lives waiting for something: red lights, traffic backups, doctor’s appointments, grocery lines, income tax refunds, and insurance checks. We wait for babies to be born, boring sermons to end, houses to sell, and kids to grow up. We usually prefer fast-food, instant communication through social media, immediate profits, and magical answers to difficult questions.
Each year you’ll usually hear or read about a list of people who have made the “Top Ten”: Top Ten Fashion Designers, Top Ten Bloggers, Top Ten Musicians, Top Ten Authors, or Top Ten Wage Earners. We may never see our name on a “Top Ten” list–or on anyone’s positive kind of list. Things in our lives can easily slip from bad to worse. And it’s entirely possible that some circumstances will never change, no matter how hard we try to influence them. Life may never seem fair. How can we possibly handle that without giving in or giving up?
Situations don’t cause emotions. Before you react to that statement, read Philippians 4:11, and then respond, not react. When I first heard that simple truth years ago, I admit it was difficult to understand. I’m not asking you to accept it, just think about it. Is it about a situation or a belief system?
Keeping life balanced is not easy for anyone, but here are ten simple ways that might help you find discipline and grace–and add balance to your days.
How often do you think about God? Early in the morning? At mealtimes? Before bedtime? An hour a day? Once a week? Once a year? Do you ever wonder if God thinks about you? If so, how often? Once a year? Once a month? After all, He has billions of names to remember. Maybe you’re just another pretty face to Him.