In part one of this post, i revealed my top three reasons I don't believe in trying to live a balanced life. Here are two more big reasons:
4. There’s a season for everything.
The idea of rhythm versus balance carries with it the idea taht instead of balancing everything in every season, focusing on one thing in each season.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
There is a time to work. This means when we’re at work, we shouldn’t be wishing we were at home, or complaining about having to work! Work is a gift and as long as we are on this earth, we need to work. When we’re at work, we need to work, not browse facebook! Work is a gift from God. The way we work is form of worship. I think Christians ought to outwork everyone else!
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
There is a time to rest. So many of us don’t know how to rest. We don’t know how to shut down our minds. Our smart phones don’t help. We have 24/7 access to emails and lots of bad news. There’s a time to be home and not working. This means when we are at home, we should be all there. I promised my wife years ago I would never walk in the door at the end of the day still on my cell phone working. This is a promise I have kept for over fifteen years now!
There’s a season for everything. Wherever you are, be all there.
5. We shouldn't put a yoke on ourselves that Jesus didn’t put on us.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-20 (NIV)
Jesus says if we are only carrying the responsibilities He places on us, the weight won’t be unbearable and unsustainable. See, it’s only when we try to take on more than what Jesus expects of us that we get in trouble. The Bible says He won’t place more on us than we can handle. If we have more on us than we can handle, we have placed a yoke on ourselves that Jesus didn’t place on us! Many of us expect more of ourselves than Jesus does! We’re harder on ourselves than Jesus is!
“Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 (NIV)