|The Myth of A Balanced Life
By Greg Sanders
There is a myth that is robbing many people of their spiritual passion. The myth is that in order to be fulfilled, you must learn to live a balanced life. The myth states that you must learn to balance all the responsibilities, opportunities, and desires in order to obtain success. The idea of a balanced life is a myth.
A life of fulfillment does not come by balancing everything, but rather prioritizing the right things. Jesus never taught to live a balanced life. He taught to live a life committed to a few priorities. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Notice that Jesus said to prioritize the right things and let Him handle the rest.
The reality is that seasons change too often to try to balance everything. The moment you get everything balanced, your schedule changes, your economy changes, your health changes, and in short, your life changes. We live in a world of constant change. You don’t need to try to balance everything. You need to set some priorities and let everything else revolve around them.
Think about this: how many actual items can you balance at once? How many dishes full of food can you deliver without dropping them? Maybe you’re very talented and can handle quite a few. However, at some point, you are going to drop something. The more you try to carry the less control you have over what gets dropped. I have discovered that many people drop the important and life-giving things because they are trying to balance them with less important things in life.
The pursuit of a balanced life is dangerous because it will lift lessor things to the same level of importance as those things that God declares should be first. Trying to live a balanced life will lead you to be out of balance and out of step with Him.
Today’s Challenge: Realize that God has not called you to balance everything in your life. He has called you to prioritize a few things. When you put the right things first, He can carry all of the other things that you could never handle on your own. Prayerfully consider what things you need to put in His hands in order to take hold of what He says should be first.