A Call to A Balanced Life

A Call to A Balanced Life

One of the biggest struggles I have in my life is balancing everything that I have going on. There are obligations in ministry and work, with my spouse, family, and church, and even my health. And the list goes on and on.

With so many things in our lives competing for attention, sometimes it feels impossible to keep priorities in balance. Most of us probably have at least one or two priorities that are out of whack, even if we’re not aware of it. Did you know that we have 5 areas in our life that need balance?

  1. Mental Balance – God tells us in Romans 12:2 NLT “Don’t copy the behavior & 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 & pleasing & perfect.” We have to take time to renew our minds. You chose what you allow yourself to think about. 
  2. Physical Balance – God tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 TLB “Haven’t you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, & that He lives within you? Your own body does not belong to you. For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God because He owns it.” We have to take the time to take care of ourselves. It is up to us to exercise and eat healthy. We are what we eat!
  3. Spiritual Balance – God tells us in 2 Peter 3:18 GNT “But continue to grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.” Taking time to build a relationship with God is most important. The more time you spend in his word and in prayer the deeper your spiritual life will grow. 
  4. Emotional Balance – God tells us in Galatians 5:22-23 NLT “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control. There is no law against these things!” Most people think right away “I am not emotional!” But stop and think do you worry a lot? Do you feel peace? Really dig deep and sometimes you will see you maybe a little off balance.
  5. Social Balance – God tells us in Romans 12:16 NLT Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Make time to connect with friends. Everyone needs to know they have someone that they can count on. If you haven’t spoke to a friend in a while take the time to sit down for lunch or coffee.  

In the first half of Ephesians and Colossians, the Apostle Paul tells us what our inheritance is in Christ. Then, in the second half of two epistles – beginning in Colossians 3 and Ephesians 4  Paul gives us instructions for how we can live this out. He starts out by encouraging us “…to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Eph. 4:1)

But in order to do this, we must align our priorities according to God. We can observe from the structure of these two letters that our priorities should look something like this: God, mate, family, work and ministry.

Our relationship with Jesus is our most important priority for it’s out of our relationship with God that everything else flows. If we seek God first, we will be able to give the best of ourselves to our spouse and family/relationships and then to our work and ministry.

Is there an area of your life that you feel the Spirit of God is telling you to address  your time with Him, your marriage, or maybe relationships in general? I’d encourage you to take some time in the next few days to think and ponder about your priorities. If you want to balance your life, you have to get really clear with the person you are and with what God wants you to do.

Always remember Your Destiny family is always here to help!

Christna Mullins
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