Work-Life - Is There a Balance?
Work-Life - Is There a Balance?
A little over 10 years ago, I welcomed my 40’s with a stressful work environment, lots of overtime, neglect of my family, elevated blood pressure and a few other health issues. When I was sitting in the doctor’s office feeling horrible and getting my prescription for blood pressure medicine, it became real to me. All these years of “I can handle this”, “I’ll do that”, “I have to work late”, and “I’m too tired to (fill in the blank)” had caught up with me. It was affecting my health, my time, my family and my life. I knew I was the only one who could fix it. So, I did.
I cut down on the overtime (most of which was my fault for overcommitting), I quit volunteering for stuff I knew I didn’t have time to do, and I found I was able to do more things with my family. This didn’t happen overnight, but I knew I was making progress when my son said to me, “Mom, it’s nice to have you back. I almost forgot what you looked like because all I ever saw was a silver lid with an Apple on it instead of your face.” Whew! Talk about a stab in the heart. I appreciated his honesty but I had no idea it was that bad. That was the final straw. At that moment, I made a vow to myself to NEVER get into that situation again. I’m happy to say, that I am “10+ years workaholic free”! I was able to get off medication and my son has never again forgotten what my face looks like.
Our culture has evolved over the last several decades. As technology improves, it becomes more and more challenging to have a balance. We are constantly connected to email, communication tools, text, and phone which makes it easy to work all the time. But, as my parents used to tell me, “Just because you can, doesn’t necessarily mean you should.” Very wise words in many areas of life.
What Does the Bible Say?
As we look in Scripture, we find balance addressed in the very beginning. Genesis 2:2 says, “… so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.” If it’s good enough for God, shouldn’t it be good enough for us? Just in case you need a little more support, here are some other verses to help you out:
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
- Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
- Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through Him Who gives me strength.”
Finding Work Life Balance
You didn’t get to this place overnight, and you won’t get out overnight. So, be patient with yourself as you seek to find more balance in your life and remember these things:
- You work for the Lord – Colossians 3:23
- Pray! Pray! Pray! – Philippians 4:6
- Don’t be afraid to say “No” – Matthew 5:37
- Take one day at a time – Matthew 6:33-34
Soon you will find muscle tenseness disappearing, teeth grinding coming to a halt, blood pressure going down, better (and more) sleep, and a family that loves and missed you very much!
Blessings on your journey!
Your Gift Makes This Work Possible
Are you finding value in the Lead Like Jesus devotionals, blogs and podcasts? If your answer is yes, would you consider a financial gift to help us continue to produce this valuable content? Your donation of $10, $15 or $20 will make a difference! Thank you!