If you want to live well, make sure you understand all of this. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll learn this from the inside out. God’s paths get you where you want to go. Right-living people walk them easily; Wrong-living people are always tripping and stumbling. (Hosea 14:9 Message Bible)
Stumble means to lose your balance–to fall, and that can hurt, even lead to injury. Learning to live a life that is physically, mentally, emotionally and spritiually fulfilling and rewarding means learning to keep your life in balance.
Many times in my life I thought I could handle it all; work, family obligaitons , church, writing deadlines, bookkeeping, continuing ed classes, home responsibilities, the todo list. I thought I was handling it all. I was wrong, but I took too many shortcuts with my health and well-being. I was exhausted and did not know how to make changes.
I tried to keep up appearances. I was the guy from the Ed Sullivan show who kept all the plates spinning on tall poles, except my plates were falling and crashing to the floor. I felt like I was falling and crashing. That is when God grabbed me by the collar and said, “Sit down, we need to talk.” That is when I canceled everything, no meetings, no classes, no appointments, no deadlines.
My story is of how God taught me to have more balance in my life. Future posts will share my insights and strategies into how I was able to find better balance, beginning with a solid base–quiet time with God. Feeling God’s presence, listening to God’s guidance and experiencing a new sense of hope and joy.
I invite you to go to the page with prayer, and begin by asking God for his help.