A balanced life
'One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labour and striving after wind.' Ecclesiastes 4:6 NAS
It can be challenging to live a balanced life. We can end up working too hard, striving for more and becoming exhausted. Or we can rest too much, become lazy and rely on others too much. The author of Ecclesiastes highlights this problem, with some very wise advice: 'One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labour and striving after wind' (Ecclesiastes 4:6 NAS).
To have a balanced life we must live by these two verses: (1) 'Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you' (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). (2) 'Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour' (1 Peter 5:8 NIV). When we fail to do either of these, we open the door for imbalance, which the enemy loves to take advantage of. Too much of anything, even a good thing, is a problem. For example, work is good, but too much can cause sickness, resentment or relationship problems. Food is good, but too much can lead to health problems. It's good to be organised, but perfectionism leads to stress and arguments with others.
Any area of our lives that's out of balance robs us of the joy God wants us to have. A balanced life is something we all have to maintain, and God can help us do it.
So what now? Ask yourself, 'In what areas am I out of balance?' Then ask God to help you work in practical ways to restore balance, and joy.
Soulfood: Hosea 6-10, Luke 2:21-33, Ps 17, Pro 14:13-16