Today’s fast-paced society influences our life, distracting us from our mission, attempting to steal our joy. We think...Just one more plate...c'mon now...spin...spin...spin...and then wonder why plates drop all around us, plummeting past our wobbling knees, shattering on the ground by our feet.
Wanna Know The Secret? Wanna put an end to the juggling routine? Me too. But before I tell you the secret, let me just say I don't live it out perfectly; maintaining balance demands our constant attention and deliberate intention.
You see society says, juggle your career, ministry, family, friends, finances; it counsels to segment each part of our life focusing on one thing at a time...but the truth is life isn't categorized...our life can't be sectioned off...life is messy...it overlaps...and balance is an illusion left to "Leave It To Beaver" episodes. If we want balance, Jesus can't be segmented into portions or fractions of our life. We need Him at every moment of every day...seeking His counsel in our parenting...asking for His provision on our finances. We need to determine to listen to Him before we act...request His counsel in our friendships...and wait for His revelation in order to identify HIS PURPOSE and PLANS for our life.
Instead of inviting Jesus into our day...true balance begins when we step into HIS.
Now, that all sounds really nice and neat...but it isn't. You see, sometimes ministry impacts our career, which in turn impacts our finances, which in turn impacts our family, which in turn impacts...well you get the idea. Sometimes, God requires us to surrender our dreams to oversee the needs of our family and sometimes He calls us to put our family on hold for an immediate need in the ministry.
So then...what is the secret? How do we put an end to the juggling routine? Well it should come as No Real Big Surprise. The secret is something we all know we need to do...but have such a difficult time doing..The secret to balance is SURRENDER!
How do you surrender? My advice drop all the plates. (LOL.) I say that jokingly but also seriously...drop the plates...release your control...quit trying to DO IT ALL! Instead, invite God, day by day, minute by minute, into every decision, every action.
I've learned the arrogance of my pride and self-sufficiency can only remain dead while standing in the presence of the Almighty God. It's only in my revelation of His Power, His Authority, and His Sovereignty that I am able to relinquish mine.
Perhaps that is why, when Jesus was asked, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" He replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." (Matthew 22:36-39) You see, it's only when we seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, we can dare to hope all our other needs will be met. (Matthew 6:33)
If we want to break free from society's ingrained philosophies and the lies of the enemy, we have to step into a different culture, and live in the presence of The One Who empowers us, and reveals the secrets to living life as He intended. Only God can change our paradigms by offering counsel to impact every corner of a our life. If we fail to surrender to Him consistently, one by one we add the plates and begin the process all over.
To truly maintain balance we must relinquish our rights, our dreams, our ambitions, our ideas and exchange them for God's! It isn't ours to carry. It isn't ours to bear.
Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matt 11:28-30, NIV)
PRAYER: Father, we know we need to surrender to You...and to the best of our ability we relinquish our rights, our vision, our passion, our power and exchange them for Yours. Fill us with ALL You have for us. In Jesus name, amen.