We have to be reminded to avoid burn out and maintain balance in every aspect of our lives, which includes spiritual, emotional, physical, mental , and social balance. I learned this lesson in balance during my quiet time while I was reading 1 Kings chapter 19. The story was about Elijah who had just made fools out of the 450 prophets of Baal and then personally slain each and every one of them with a sword. When a woman named Jezebel heard of what he did, she threatened to do the same to him. He became afraid for his life and arose and went to Beersheeba. He traveled a day’s journey into the wilderness and sat down under a juniper tree and asked the Lord if he may die. He says in 1 kings 19:4, “It is enough: now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers.” So to make a long story short, while he was asleep, an angel of the Lord woke him up to eat. He laid back down and the angel came a second time to wake him up and feed him. This nourishment gave him the strength to travel 40 days and 40 nights to Mount Sinai. So basically God gave him two good naps and two good meals to get him strong enough for his next assignment. Elijah was just simply worn out from everything he had done and went through the day before. This taught me that staying spiritually strong does include natural wisdom. We have to take care of our body by exercising and eating healthy so that we have the physical stamina to complete all of the tasks God has for us.
Relationships often suffer many problems from being out of balance which causes one to be worn out. Usually when we are totally exhausted, we lose patience, get our feelings hurt faster and respond quite differently than when we have had enough rest. We are much more touchy than usual and we become more vulnerable to depression and discouragement and in Elijah’s case, even suicidal. In many families, both husband and wife are working to provide for their children. They have to work all day, then come home and take care of their children, then cook meals, do laundry, go grocery shopping, do house work, pay bills, attend church, serve in different church ministries, and the list goes on. Without the proper balance, sooner or later they become exhausted. I know I have certainly felt exhausted at times. I’ll let Jim explain how he feels about balance.
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I think balance is very important. I have been telling my wife this for years (Although she wasn’t my wife at the time lol)! Both of us are very busy. I work two demanding jobs, I’m head of a house hold, a husband, a brother, a son, and a friend. My wife is a wife, a keeper of the home, she cooks, she cleans, she serves at church, she works a full time job and she is co owner of our blog so she spends time writing with me. Then she has to make time to spend with friends and family. Our schedules are crazy busy and we can get pulled in all different directions. I didn’t even mention the important fact that we need balanced time ALONE just with ourselves. My wife’s thing is to read books, go to the book store and get lost in the world of knowledge, go to the nail salon and get a pedicure and manicure, and workout. I make her go because I know she needs that time to herself, or she will start to feel unhappy and stressed. Because I work so much, my thing is to just lay down and DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Whatever it is that you like to do, make sure you do it. I enjoyed the story of Elijah from 1 Kings 19. He was literally on top of the world after killing all of those prophets of Baal, and then all of a sudden he running scared from Jezebel, who was just ONE person??? His story shows us that we can start to think crazy if we don’t balance out our physical, emotional, social and spiritual lives. We truly believe God wants us to be blessed, not stressed so we have to be strong and refreshed, not exhausted.
Have an awesome week and Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all of you moms!
Until Next Time,