Balancing Our Priorities
Here we go, continuing my series on Preventing Procrastination, Prizing Prioritizing, and Pursuing Purpose. After suggesting in the previous post that we should learn to prioritize our priorities, a companion idea is to balance our priorities. Even important tasks and obligations can become off-balance if we don’t pay attention, and do what is necessary to regain the balance. I’ve heard it said many times, “Balance is the key to life.”
So why is being out of balance so risky? I couldn’t explain it any better than this:
“It is easy to get overcommitted, burned out, bummed out, worn out, and stressed out if you are trying to keep up with too many commitments. It is out of balance to try to do everything.
If you are happy doing what you do, keep doing it. But if it wears you out and robs you of peace, don’t do it. What sense does it make to commit so something, and then murmur and complain about it while you are doing it?
Being overcommitted will frustrate you. Anxiety is usually a sign that God never told you to do what you are doing in the first place. To avoid frustration in your life, keep in balance.”
“If you are feeling compelled to do so much that you are physically worn out, you may be driven instead of led. Remember, you have to come apart from a busy routine before you come apart yourself. You have to get away from everything before you come apart physically, mentally, and emotionally. Give yourself time to get a good night’s sleep.
It is tempting to do everything that everybody else is doing, be involved in everything , know everything, hear everything, and be everywhere, but it isn’t God’s best for you.
Be willing to separate yourself from compulsive activity before you come apart at the seams! Spend time with God and ask Him to give order to your day.”
~~Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
I’m not sure how exactly to balance my priorities just yet — or how long it may take — but I’m working on it!
You must take personal responsibility.
You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind,
but you can change yourself.
How about you? Do you have so many priorities in your life that things are out of balance?