Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Balancing Act by Denise Chand

What is Work-life balance? One definition say, “Work–life balance is the proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) on one hand and “life” (pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development) on the other. Related, though broader, terms include "lifestyle balance" and "life balance".

The government has created programs to help organizations design and implement supportive programs and policies facilitating work-life balance. By reducing work-life struggles, individuals can enjoy a healthier lifestyle while improving productivity at work.

With the balancing act we do on a daily basis, this work-life balance principle needs to be applied in every area of our lives. It takes discipline. Many individuals have difficulty finding the time for sufficient rest, exercise, and relaxation. Everyone must schedule time in their daily calendars for these activities in order to enjoy a healthy and balanced life; otherwise, they’ll begin to experience burn out (Definition: fatigue, frustration, or apathy resulting from prolonged stress, overwork, or intense activity). Take time today to assess the priorities in your life; you’ll discover the need of a better balance among your priorities.
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven…” Ecc 3:1AMP

What troubles me is the “being pulled in all directions - I don’t know what takes precedent” strain that are being placed on people, especially young people. Here it is, the reason for this blog – Young People, this one is dedicated to you! Of late, I’ve been hearing of many young people, who are involved in several activities and not being able to balance their daily lives. They’re being pulled in all directions: school (which I believe takes precedent over anything else), job, family, friends and church. There definitely needs to be balance/prioritizing with the job, family and friends. However, the one issue which grieves my heart is young people not being able to dedicate time to their academic studies as a result of the unrealistic demands by church leaders. Because of respect for their church leaders and their love for God, they don’t know how to say no, and therefore, their academic studies are taking a devastating hit – which is ultimately placing unnecessary stress on them. For young people to be able to balance their lives, church leaders must ensure they don’t require so much from them that they have no time to accomplish their personal and family goals. Parents need to recognize the importance of this as well and not pressure their children to be so highly involved in serving in the church. Otherwise, attending church service and serving will be considered a chore; hence, hindering them from further developing their relationship with God, which will ultimately stunt their progression in life.

Young people, regularly find some quiet time to think about what you want to do in life, and how you’re going to accomplish those goals. Jesus did! He withdrew himself to be alone and prayed, so why can’t you? 
“But Jesus would often go to some place where he could be alone and pray.” Luke 5:16
The Holy Spirit will guide you in prioritizing your goals and accomplishing them with great success.  
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. Matt 11:28-30

You have an excellent spirit living in you, where you do all things with excellence, and therefore produce excellent results. Guess what, God wants you to succeed in your studies and be successful in life, prospering in all you do. You’re a doctor with a difference! A lawyer with a difference! A teacher with a difference! A CEO with a difference! Whatever you desire to do, that is what you are with a difference…the difference is Christ in You, and it begins with your education.

Stop the balancing act. Leave that for the clowns!


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