BALANCING LIFE'S DEMANDS
© Rosemary Bardsley 2016
Things people say:
You must spend time with each of your children every day.
You must spend time conversing with your husband every day.
You must make sure you look beautiful, attractive, unflustered - when your partner comes home each evening.
You must do at least half an hour's exercise daily.
You must enrol for professional development courses.
You must spend x hours praying daily.
You must spend x hours reading your Bible daily.
You must witness to x people every week.
You must get involved in regular service/ministry in your church.
There are so many things that people say are necessary for our survival - whether as an individual Christian, as a parent, as a spouse, as a member of the workforce. There is simply not enough time to do everything that people say is necessary.
So - how do we balance these demands? How to we identify our priorities?
QUESTION 1: WHAT DO WE VALUE MOST?
[What are our priorities?]
What is more important?
Consider what the men in each of these reports valued most:
QUESTION 2: WHAT ARE WE AIMING FOR?
[What is our purpose?]
Isaiah 43:7 - we were created for God's glory.
Ephesians 2:10 - we were saved ['created in Christ'] for God's glory.
Matthew 5:16 - the outcome of God's glory should be the reason we do good works.
1Corinthians 10:31 - God's glory should be the motivating purpose in everything we do and in the way we do everything.
QUESTION 3: HOW DO WE VIEW OUR ACTIVITIES?
[What is our perspective?]
How do we perceive our actions, how do we think about all the things we have to do?
Colossians 3:23,24: We should do everything with all our heart as if we are doing it for Jesus.
Matthew 25:31ff: We should treat every human being as we would treat Jesus.
Ephesians 5:22: Wives should relate to their husbands as the relate to Jesus.
Ephesians 6:5ff: Employees should obey their employers as they would obey Jesus - wholeheartedly, from the heart, just as they would Jesus.
Our priority - Jesus Christ.
Our purpose - his glory.
Our perspective - to do all things as if we were doing them for him.
These three put a fence, setting the boundaries of acceptable words, actions and attitudes.
They make all the activities of our lives meaningful and deeply spiritual. [Unless they are things outlawed by this priority, purpose and perspective.]