The Art of Balance

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It seems that so many of us are always trying to achieve balance in our lives.  It's an ongoing process.  I don't believe it's unattainable, but just as a pair of scales teeter back and forth when 2 objects are placed on them, so our lives teeter back and forth as we balance the many things that flow in and out. 

I believe there's an art to achieving balance in our lives.  First and foremost, we can't get frustrated when it feels like balance is unattainable.  It is attainable but with new things constantly coming up in our lives, it's no wonder that the scale is constantly teetering. 

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I feel like I'm always asking myself questions like, "How much rest time do I take?  How much of myself do I give to the people I'm ministering to?  When is it ok to take 'me' time?"  When questions like this come up, I test it against my priorities and personal values.  When things are flowing the way they should, my priorities look like this...God, family, others.  It's amazing, in ministry, how quickly those can get flipped!  My personal values also play a huge part in achieving balance in my life.  The things that are important to me must not be compromised or a sort of suffocation will start to slowly occur.

How do you find the aspect of achieving balance in your life?  Do you have any testers to see if the scales are where they should be?  If you are looking for balance in your life, I would encourage you to first start with your priorities and values.  If you're not sure what these are for you, then start by taking the time to really ponder what they are and write them down.  We all know when things are off balance and in need of adjustments.  Instincts do a good job of telling us that.  When we can adjust and get back on track, it's not only beneficial for us but for those around us. 

I received a link from a friend for a post on Practicing Soul Care recently.  It's a fabulous post and fits right in with The Art of Balance.

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4 comments

  1. I think for me, if I'm putting God in first place, I'm getting the "me" time I need. Put another way, I know when I'm getting too squeezed, because my morning meeting with God is the first thing to go.

    I'm linking to another article I've been chewing on that you might enjoy, kind of from the opposite perspective, and very encouraging to me down in the trenches of motherhood.

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  2. I am choosing to look at the "balance thing" as less of a weights and scales thing (or teeter totter image) and more of a movement forward. I also don't see priorities and personal values as opposing each other at all but the values informing the priorities.

    I went through this evaluation a month or so ago on my blog.
    http://fimby.tougas.net/forget-about-balance

    You said "We all know when things are off balance and in need of adjustments. Instincts do a good job of telling us that. When we can adjust and get back on track, it's not only beneficial for us but for those around us. " So, so true.

    My children, the state of my home and the peace (or lack there of) I feel daily are very good barometers for me.

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  3. I like your idea of the scales constantly teetering - I know for myself that, every time I start to feel like I actually HAVE a balance, something unexpected comes along that disrupts that balance. I think one of our greatest challenges in life is learning how to balance it all, to the best of our ability...

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  4. I agree!

    I am a big mess in this area, I usually worry about it and it kills me to think that I am devoting to much or too little time on something.

    I check my priorities often and try to do things when they seem right.

    I think outer situations can alter the way you lead your life - For instance, Frank and I had to leave the missions field at the beginning of this year and go fully into our "professional" life but since, our life seems so out of balance.

    I strive thinking the reasons for stopping are out of my hands but since it was my biggest priority I still haven't manage to live with that change.

    Thanks so much for posting this!
    You are a blessing!

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