It’s fall and we’re in the season of routines, and I love routines! School’s back in and we’re settling into our schedules and sometimes you find yourself in a routine that is just crazy and you desire this thing called, “the balanced life.” There might come a point when someone will challenge you and say, “You’ve got to balance your life more.” If you think about that for a minute, balancing your life is really just a myth.
“The truth is, none of us live a balanced life.”
Balance means that everything is equal in your life. It’s impossible to be equal, though. The truth is, none of us live a balanced life. To illustrate, some of you have a baby at your house and that baby has changed your life to make it completely out of balance. And it should be! You have to be out of balance to take care of that child. And for others, when you go to work, you realize that your family doesn’t take priority, your work does at that moment and work takes the balance of your schedule.
Routines and life are a matter of moving up and down, they’re never balanced. There are two things that you need to recognize which will help you with your routines and your schedules. The first is margin, which is the space in between. By developing that space in your life, you’ll develop some patience and grace and have the ability for opportunity. If you think about it, if you don’t have margin, you have no patience. If you don’t have margin, you won’t have any grace. If you don’t have margin, you can’t have the opportunity to help somebody when they need help. So develop margin.
“When you put God at the center of your schedule, you begin to learn to say yes and no to the right things.”
The second is we need to have God at the center of our schedules. When we look at our life, we have opportunities come our way which are going to change the balance of our schedule. The question is, do we say yes or no? And left to our own desires, often times we will say yes to the wrong things, and no to the wrong things. When you put God at the center of your schedule, you begin to learn to say yes and no to the right things. If you put margin and God in your routines, you’ll find your routines are going to be incredible.
Check out the Gold Creek Community Church Pinterest page for ideas to help you organize and schedule your life.