Ecclesiastes 7:16-17 “Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself? Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?”
I am growing more fond of the Book of Ecclesiastes the more I read.
Solomon’s wisdom excelled that of any that have ever lived, save Jesus Christ.
In reading today, I see principles that I have learned in business and through preaching, that have been very helpful over the years. The principle of a balanced life is one of them.
Having a balanced life is simply this:
- Write down all the roles you are responsible (child of God, husband, wife, son, daughter, employee, neighbor…)
- Prioritize and order them according to importance (child of God is always first)
- Schedule the time and assign time accordingly throughout your week every week
- Manage pressing matters using your list – Not everything that screams the loudest deserves the attention (children versus marriage, or job versus ministry)
- Revisit the list often to maintain a right perspective
Books have been written on this subject, and I do not want to tarry long, but the application of a balanced life never stops until we leave this world.
God is a God of order.
1 Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
I truly believe that having a balanced life and assigning our priorities, time, and attention honors God.
Take the time to assess where you are and make decisions based on God’s established priorities and see if God doesn’t reveal Himself in some beautiful ways!