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The Importance of Balance

Amid juggling the myriad cares of life, we can have a propensity to become unbalanced. This is a natural result of trying to manage too many things simultaneously. As humans, we were not designed to burn the candle at both ends. We have to take time for rest and self-care. The good news is that many times our bodies will let us know when we are overdoing it. The key is to listen to the warning signs and take a step back.

Between career and family responsibilities, ministry obligations and personal pursuits, it does not take long for our plate to become full. At that point we need to prioritize what matters most and make adjustments accordingly. We need to start by ensuring that our personal devotion is not neglected. The words of Jesus ring true today, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

We need to remember this verse when we begin to feel overwhelmed with responsibilities. Before agreeing to the overtime that might affect church attendance or making a purchase that will be a financial burden, remember to seek the Lord and His kingdom. Then carefully adjust your schedule even if it means eliminating or postponing some pursuits. In so doing you will help to restore and maintain equilibrium in your life. Let us be balanced in our approach to life to maximize our effectiveness in the kingdom of God.

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