Seasons of life run their course, and no matter who we are or at what stage we’re at, we often see balance as an impossibility.
You can focus on a project you love and not even miss eating. You may procrastinate your unpleasant tasks or bow to the tyranny of the urgent. You can help others reach their dreams but never realize your own. You may even teach about intimacy with God but never spend time with Him yourself. Do any of those fit you?
We can usually find an excuse to fit every situation: It’s the kids, my boss, my husband or wife. It’s my health, my editor, or my age in life. Believe me, I’ve offered my share of excuses along with you. But I long for this thing called balance, don’t you?
Keeping Life in Balance
Keeping life balanced is not easy for anyone, but here are 10 simple ways that help me daily. Maybe it will give you a good place to start:
Spend some time alone with God—prayer, Bible study, meditation.
Encourage someone else by doing something nice for them–a loved one, neighbor, friend, or stranger.
Do something that is necessary (not your favorite, but good for you).
Do a physical exercise—walking, aerobics, jogging, weight training.
Do something you enjoy.
Do a mental exercise—reading, writing, journaling, working a puzzle.
Learn something new—from a textbook, magazine, newspaper, blog.
Laugh out loud.
Record a blessing—give thanks, writing down if possible.
Give something away: a compliment, a gift, time, your testimony, a kind deed, money, or goods.
Try placing this list near your computer, on your desk, in the bathroom, or on the refrigerator—wherever you’ll see it the most often.
Balance is a Discipline and a Grace
Adding balance to your day is similar. Surprisingly enough, these “simple ways” may not be so simple, but the more you work at it, like any discipline, the more you’ll be giving a wise gift—to yourself—to God–and to others.
“Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life” (Proverbs 8:32, The Message).
Which of these simple ways are most challenging for you? What other ways do you add balance to your days?