We all have unique personalities and ways of “doing life.” Some of us are patient and relaxed, while others are impatient and much more active. I fit rather perfectly into the second category — not so patient and always busy.
While sometimes the way we do life is a choice, other times it’s a personality trait or lifestyle we’ve become accustomed to.
A few years back, I was introduced to a Coaching program where I found myself challenged in four primary areas of my life. Areas God also encourages us to pay careful attention to.
Consider these four areas in your life and evaluate your ability to find balance.
Relationships with God and others are key to fulfilling our God-given need for connection. We need to set aside quality time for God, our families, loved-ones, friends, and others. How much quality time do you spend each day with God and others?
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another,
because love covers a multitude of sins.
Be hospitable to one another without complaint.
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1 Peter 4:8-10 (NASB)
Achievements are key in fulfilling our God-given need to contribute and in reaching our God-given purpose in life. We need to set aside time each day to contribute to this world and to our faith community. How much time do you spend each day working and or volunteering?
Pay careful attention to your own work,
for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done,
and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.
For we are each responsible for our own conduct.
Galatians 6:4-5 (NLT)
Self-care is key in ensuring we are able to give 100% toward other aspects of our everyday lives. We need to set aside quality time consistently to exercise, eat well, and attend to our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. How much time do you spend each day taking care of yourself?
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health
and that all may go well with you,
even as your soul is getting along well.
3 John 2 (NIV)
Rest is key to ensure we have enough physical and mental energy to complete our work, tasks, and daily activities. We must set aside quality time to relax if we want to be productive in other areas of our lives. How much rest do you get each day? Do you take additional time to rest and relax on Sundays?
You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest;
even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest.
Exodus 34:21 (NASB)
I work really hard to balance these four areas in my life and I still find it quite challenging. For me, it’s a work in progress, something I have to intentionally strive to improve.
How successful are you at finding balance in these four areas? Which one do you struggle with the most?