The Balanced Life
Job 31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
I. The Struggle of the Balanced Life
There’s not a day that goes by that I do not feel like my life is a balancing act.
ILLUSTRATION: The guy at the circus that has all the spinning plates.
Juggling; trying to keep everybody happy.
The list of duties, obligations, responsibilities, and opportunities to serve are endless.
Not a day goes by that we all do not feel a bit of regret over unachieved goals and unfinished work.
Finding the balance between our duties as a spouse, a parent, an employee and everything else is hard.
When we are doing something we’re supposed to be doing, we feel that we should be doing something else.
When we are taking care of one person, we think of all the other people we are neglecting.
When we are working and diligent, we still feel lazy and like a failure.
The struggle is real to balance the time between responsibilities, recreation, rest in our daily routine.
Many people give up on trying to find balance.
Instead of seeing about people around them, they see only about themselves.
OR – they spend all their time taking care of others and never take time for themselves.
There’s a ditch on both sides of the road.
I sometimes wonder if God intended for it to be like this.
Rat race – from early morning until late at night.
No time to think; meditate, enjoy God’s creation, spend quality time with each other.
Just running to and fro in a busy, frantic race to get everything done.
How does one balance it all?
Is it even possible?
II. The Statement of the Balanced Life
- Job 31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
Here’s what I learn from this verse.
A. My integrity is measured by my balance “…that God may know mine integrity.”
B. God is the one doing the weighing; not me – “Let me be weighed…”
C. An even balance is doable – “Let me be weighed in an even balance…”
III. The Secret of the Balanced Life
I believe the secret to keeping a balanced life is simple: keep returning to the feet of Jesus.
I don’t believe a balanced life is based on one balanced day, or one imbalanced day.
Of all our obligations, putting Him first is the greatest.
- Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Mary and Martha had a choice: serve or sit
- 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
- 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
- 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
This passage has always mystified me.
Was Martha wrong for serving? No. I don’t believe so.
She didn’t seem to be in any kind of dilemma.
Being in a dilemma in my opinion is a positive thing.
That indicates that you are at least mindful of the options.
Illustration: Some people miss church and don’t care.
Regardless of their situation, they should at least care.
Not caring is bad.
Not being aware of the priority is a problem.
Not praying is bad. Not caring is worse.
Not reading your Bible is not good. Not being bothered by it is worse.
Back to Mary and Martha:
She was careful and troubled about many things. (Jesus’ words; not mine)
Obviously, in that long list of things, some of them were not needful.
Needful is the key word here.
Some things you can live without.
Some things can go undone.
But failing to spend time at Jesus feet is not one of them.
When your day, your week gets hectic, gets overwhelming, hit a reset button.
Go spend some time with Jesus and get a clear perspective of your priorities.
Notice David’s reaction to being overwhelmed: He made a beeline to God.
- Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.