An Unbalanced Life
By Joe Keim
July 1, 2010
It seems hard to believe, but we are already half way through the year. For many of us, it is the busiest time of all. And when we get busy, we have a tendency to work from daylight to darkness-six days a week.
Working long hours is not a bad thing, although it does, at times, have the tendency to cause an unbalanced life style. When we become unbalanced in any area of our life, someone or something else will suffer. And it will continue to suffer until we swing back into balance.
Maybe, as you are reading this, you are already thinking of an unbalanced area in your life that needs attention. It could be that your relationship with your spouse or a family member is hurting, or maybe your walk with God is not what it once was. In fact, long hours of hard work has caused you to loose touch of God, and at times, you question whether He even cares about you; He feels so far away.
An unbalanced life almost always results in frustration, anger, discouragement and many other emotional feelings. Too many days of this kind of living can become overwhelming, and in some cases, cause mental and physical breakdown.
With that in mind, can I recommend that you consider doing something about your dilemma? How about taking a break from your work and doing something special with God? Just you and Him! Grab your Bible, ignore your work schedule and get alone with God.
But you say, Joe, "I can't do that. There is way too much going on in my life. If I took off for a day or two, my work load would get so far behind that I could never catch up."
Ok, well, that is your other option. You can continue on as before. Although, you might consider that even Jesus took off and went away to be alone with the Father.
In reading below, notice Jesus' heavy work schedule, as well as the time of day. Secondly, notice that in the midst of His busyness, He took time off to be alone with His Father.
Mark 1:32-37 says: And AT EVEN, WHEN THE SUN DID SET, they brought unto Him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And all the city was gathered together at the door. And He healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
And IN THE MORNING, RISING UP A GREAT WHILE BEFORE DAY, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. And Simon and they that were with Him followed after Him. And when they had found Him, they said unto Him, All men seek for Thee.
Notice that most of the work that Jesus did in verses 32-34, happened after sundown. But as verses 35-37 clearly state, Jesus got up early in the morning and departed to a place where no one could interrupt Him. It could have been the countryside, a building or an orchard. The fact of importance is, once He got there, He ignored the many needs and spend alone time with His heavenly Father.
For more on Jesus' prayer life, see Luke 4:42-44, Luke 5:16, Luke 12:6-16
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