When I was young one of the things I dreamed about doing was gymnastics. I wanted to be that girl who launched herself over the vault and completed a perfect dismount. I watched any gymnastics I could that was played on TV (and we didn’t have cable either) and tried to emulate the moves I saw the young women performing. One of the things I could pretend to compete on was the balance beam. We had recently built a deck and had leftover lumber of various sizes lying around behind our garage. I found a piece of 4×4 lumber (perfect for deck posts) that I imagined was my balance beam. It was just long enough to set up slightly off the ground so I could pretend I was higher than ground level. I would spend summer afternoons walking back and forth on that little piece of lumber and imagine I was competing in a gymnastics tournament for first place.
Having balance is a good thing. It keeps you from falling over all the time and it also helps keep your body from feeling out-of-whack (Activa anyone?) Being out of balance is a problem I face all too often. I try to get into some semblance of a schedule and try to balance the needs of my family with the desires of my heart and frequently something important gets lost. Mainly because I’m simply lazy.
It’s very easy to look at your to-do list (if you even make one) and shuffle it around so that what you want to do tends to come before what needs to be done. Have you ever taken a moment and written down what you want to do along with what you feel needs to be done that day? How much of the list could be considered needs versus wants?
I don’t like doing laundry or the dishes, but they need done. I enjoy watching various TV shows, but know that spending time with my son is so much more important. If we let the daily tasks in our lives go undone so we can focus on what we want to do, we begin to become unbalanced. Have you ever thought about what only focusing on your personal desires could do to your life?
Doing a quick search of www.BibleGateway.com for the word ‘desire’ brings up some interesting verses. (All verses are taken from Holman Christian Standard Bible.)
“But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires.” -James 1:14
“Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, equip yourselves also with the same resolve—because the one who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin— 2 in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires, but for God’s will.” -1 Peter 4:1-2
So, from these two verses I can see a few things. Mainly that our personal desires can be considered fleshy, worldly and not of God’s will. It’s not bad to have personal desires, but we need to try to see them through the blood of Christ. How important are our desires for earthly things in comparison to the Great Commission?
I will openly admit that I’m not as diligent as I should be in spending daily time with God. I allow my personal desires to overwhelm my hearts need to meet with God and get refreshed by His Words. I need more balance and to make time with God a daily event, not an occasional one.
“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” -Psalm 37:4
This verse gives me so much hope and I wanted to share that hope with you. We don’t have to be unbalanced and unable to change that, we can take small steps to get our lives into a better balance of needs & wants. I want to spend time reading Gods Word more often, so I won’t turn the TV on as soon as the Mister leaves for work every day. I want to have a cleaner house, so I’ll try to get laundry done in stages versus during a massive cleaning spree. I want to feel like I’m a helpmate to my Mister, so I’ll aim to cook dinner more often each week.
Small steps towards your goal can work better than trying to force huge changes into your life. I hope this week you can make a small change that has a big impact to your life balance.