If you want to enjoy life to the fullest, you need to catch a balance in the way that you live. Keith Wiginton used to refer to the ABC’s of ministry as the CAB’s – “catch a balance!” What is true for ministers is true for everyone. There needs to be a balance between work and play, church and family, rest and exercise, study and fellowship…you get the idea.
An older pastor advised me, early in ministry, that I should not do ministry as he had done it. He had become obsessive in how many visits he could make and how much service he could provide. He could not let himself stop, and eventually he paid a major emotional price. Living wired up all the time tends to short us out.
Stress causes multiplied physical, emotional, and spiritual problems. Jesus taught us, and modeled for us, the art of trusting God in the midst of the storm. It is OK to accept your limitations and leave issues with the Lord. Only He can remedy them anyway. You are neither unconcerned nor faithless when you don’t pray about the same issue every day from now on. You are maintaining a balanced perspective on prayer, as you continue to live life for the long haul. I personally focus on different areas as I pray each day throughout the week.
And God is good with that. He does not look for a reason to deny my requests. He delights in me as I wait on His timing and His will. It is called trust. We are to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. In all our ways, if we acknowledge Him, He will make our paths straight.
Many automobile accidents occur when drivers overcorrect. The driver realizes that they are drifting off one side of the road and then jerks the steering wheel toward the other side of the road. This often results in a rollover that can prove tragic. Far better to drift back toward the center of the road rather than head for the other ditch!
Routine, like the center of the road, can be your friend. Under the leadership of God, develop a balanced pattern of living that avoids extremes. You can accomplish a lot in life by remaining steadfast. Remember the tortoise who defeated the hare?
Proverbs 3:5-6, Earl
- Sundays Sermon “God’s Power Displayed” Acts 9:32-43
- Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- The Gathering – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
- FIRST KIDZ – Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for Bed Babies – 6th grade
- Observance of The Lord’s Supper – this Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- Family Movie Night “I Still Believe” this Sunday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m.
- Feel free to continue and watch the FBC Worship Services live streamed on Facebook at 9:00 a.m., also available on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com at 11:00 a.m., or listen at noon on 95.5 FM The Coyote