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Don't Cut Yourself Out of The Balancing Act

Friday, March 01, 2013

I have been reading a lot about people trying to balance their lives......somehow, it sometimes seems easier to cut ourselves out of the equation in that effort to find the perfect balance.

I want to introduce you to something I learned when I was in seminary. It is a simple quadrant..........take a piece of paper and divide it into 4 parts. That's your quadrant. Now, in each square, write down one thing that is important to you. The only catch is that one square has to have yourself in it.

Mine would be like this:
God
Family
Friends
Me

Now that you have your headings.......go back to each square and put in things that fit that category.

God...........ministry, Bible study, personal devotions, my work = my lifestyle, helping others discover their potential, encouraging others

Family..........Marcia, Bill, Mary, Tara, Lexa, Izaak, Kelsey, Connie

Friends.......Marlene, Ellen, Connie, Deb

Me.....Health, dog training, Sparking

For me, God has to fit into all four of my squares. He has to be in on everything I do and must be first in my life. I need to show my family and friends that I care......whether it's by emailing them, calling them, visiting them or spending time with them. But, I can't leave myself out. I love dog training and it's something I do for myself. My health is important and I must take care of my temple. Sparking, being part of BLC challenges and exercising helps me to do this.

Romans 12:1 & 2 A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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.

These verses remind me that my very being is a living sacrifice.......finding time for God, family, friends and even myself is definitely a commitment but when I offer myself as that living sacrifice, it is holy and pleasing to God and it is an act of worship.

If I leave God, my family, my friends or even myself out of the equation, the balance is no longer there. It's not always easy because life will throw us curve balls..........but it is so worth it! I sometimes have to remind myself that when my life gets hectic, that I can't cut myself out of the balancing act. Keeping myself healthy and having an outlet for my emotions is very important. I must keep my Spark going.....without it, I can't hope to be that flame in someone else's life, if I let my own Spark die out.
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