Day Twelve: Life Balance
Balance is not an easy thing to find and an even harder thing to regain if you lose it. We live in a very fast-paced world. Every second of our day is up for grabs and there are a lot of things vying for those seconds. We have work, recreation, family, church, children, grandchildren, appointments, friends, education, sleep, shopping, fun, holidays, vacations, sports, and the list goes on and on. If we aren’t careful, the Lord’s place in our life can suddenly be found to be way down on a list full of other things. Over and over throughout the history of the people of Israel, this is exactly what happened. God would be center to their lives and great blessing and peace would be upon the people. Time would pass, the people would begin to allow other things to crowd God out of their lives, and difficulty would befall them. It’s a pattern that happened over and over. Are there many worthwhile things competing for our time, money and allegiance? Absolutely and many of them are noble, righteous things. However, even good things must not be allowed to push God from the center of our lives and the first place on all of our priority lists. God is a jealous God and he will only fill first place in our hearts. God has given us every aspect of our lives including our bodies, our time, our money, our families, our work, everything. In all our ways let’s acknowledge him first!
Father, please show me any areas where I need to reorder my priorities. Guide me to solutions that will help me live my life in a way that is pleasing to You. Jesus, I desire for my steps to be ordered in Your Word. I want to be faithful to the time You have given me on this earth. I want to please You, Lord, in all that I do. Help me, Holy Spirit, not to neglect my body in which You dwell. Help me not to neglect my family by being too busy for them. Forgive me, Lord, for using my time unwisely. Thank You, Lord, for being faithful to me when I am unfaithful with the time You have given me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Scriptures to Meditate on
Psalm 25:1-5, 21; Psalm 27:14