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Today’s Truth

Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52, NIV).

Friend to Friend

A friend recently sent me the following message in an email with a subject line that said, “I immediately thought of you when I read this!”

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!’ ”

As I read the words on the computer screen, I wasn’t sure if I had just received a sweet compliment or some badly needed correction – or both. The part about arriving at the grave in a pretty and well-preserved body was flattering, but the part about being thoroughly used up and totally worn out – well, not so much. My next thought was, “Boredom is highly underrated!” I suspect the truth lies somewhere in between, maybe around the area of balance.

Contrary to popular belief and the way that I have lived a great deal of my life, “balance” is not a dirty word. A busy life is not necessarily a productive life. A balanced life is a powerful life.

Being out of balance is not a good thing. When our finances are out of balance, we hear from the bank. When the washer is out of balance, it dances across the floor. When the tires on our car are out of balance, the ride is rough. But when our life is out of balance, disaster is just around the corner.

When I was in elementary school, firemen came to our school to teach us what we should do in case of a fire. I remember the drill clearly. Stop! Drop! Roll! Let’s apply that same drill to the area of balance.

Stop! When was the last time you stopped and took a hard look at your life? It is so easy to live each day just doing “the next thing” that comes along. The “one size fits all” approach about life plans is a mental trap. God has a plan for each life that is unique.

You are the only person who can be “you.” Build on your strengths. Accept your limitations and yield to the seasons of life. Get in the Word and ask God to show you His plan.

Drop! As you begin to discover God’s plan, drop anything that does not fit that plan. Learn to invest time instead of merely spending it or allowing others to steal it. Learn to say “no” without feeling guilty. We are all responsible for how we spend the time God has given us. Every morning we are credited with 86,400 seconds. No balance is carried into the next day and every night erases what we fail to use.

Roll! Roll away the burdens you are carrying and learn the value of resting in God. Every opportunity to worry is also an opportunity to trust Him. The promises of God will not break under the weight of any problem or trial you will ever face. Let God be God in your life and trust Him.

When Jesus was twelve years old, He traveled to Jerusalem with His parents for the annual Passover Celebration. As Mary and Joseph began the long trip home, they assumed Jesus was traveling with friends. When they realized Jesus was missing, their search found Him at the temple, teaching.

Jesus returned home with His parents and spent the next twenty years growing and maturing. Luke 2:52 tells us “Jesus grew in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and men.” Then in Luke 3, we see Jesus as He began His ministry on earth.

Don’t miss this important truth! Jesus grew mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and socially. His life was balanced before He began His ministry. You may be waiting for your life to just fall into place, hoping that the things you are doing will achieve balance. The opposite is true. A powerful life comes from a balanced life. Now is the time for us all to stop … drop … and roll.

Let’s Pray

Father, I am tired. My life is out of control and I need You. Please help me examine my priorities and live for Your glory. I choose now to trust You, knowing You are in control whether it looks like it or not. My faith is weak, Lord. Strengthen me to do what You created me to do.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Do your priorities line up with God’s priorities?

What one change do you need to make today to have a more balanced life?

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It’s hard to find the right balance, isn’t it? Only God can make that happen when we make the choice to let Him. Need help? Check out Mary’s E-Bible Study, Time: Friend or Foe?

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4 Responses to “A Balanced Life Is Not the Impossible Dream”

  1. Kristin says:

    Mary – you are my favorite GiG writer. I see you transitioning away from daily devotionals and I miss you. “Yield to the season” – you reminded me that one size does not fit all and even our own size does not stay the same throughout our lives. You always touch my heart. Thank you for your blessings. May God also bless you.

  2. Cheryl says:

    😊 Much needed timely advice. I am a grandmother to 5 and still have a teenage daughter at home and I am finding it difficult to balance my time, as I still work part time. I have a wonderful husband of 30+ years and we know we have been blessed beyond belief as all of our adult children are believers and in happy marriages. We have been praying for God’s direction and guidance and strength to say no without guilt knowing it’s His will to be available where And when HE wants! Thank you thank you for this encouragement…the Lord certainly speaks through you!

  3. Beth says:

    This one has left me speechless. Thank you so much for this devotional! I’ve had problems sleeping for several months now and I am tired. The stop, drop and roll analogy was good because I have been operating in autopilot for a long time, worried, afraid of a bunch of stuff that I cannot control. Bottom line, I’ve been out of God’s will. My faith has been shaky and my boundaries have been porous, at best. This gave me the image of walking along a road and simply chucking the sacks and sacks of worries, fears and doubts that I’ve had for so long. God never told me to carry all of this stuff. He said to cast my cares on Him. Thanks again!

  4. Adi says:

    So true! This devotional talked to me. “A busy life is not necessarily a productive life”
    Thank you for the practical advice for a balance life!

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