“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise.” Ephesians 5:15
What does it mean to live and model a balanced life? Given the disheartening stats concerning those burning out and leaving the ministry ranks, not many pastors and Christian leaders seem to know. Dr. Lori Salierno addresses this question well in her work, Balance At Its Best. Consider these thoughts concerning why so many people lack balance in their personal and professional lives…
“In our society we are evaluated by our performance rather than by the quality of our ‘being.’ So, to placate those around us, we do what we think will satisfy and impress them, and, because we cannot do everything, we put aside those things that others don’t consider to be all that important.”
Ask yourself, “Why am I so often stressed and seem to be running behind?” Am I pleased to be doing life and ministry with the people around me… or am I just a people pleaser?” “Am I so driven to perform because I fear the negative perceptions of others or because I truly care about the influence and impact my life is having on others?” “How balanced would my family and friends say my life really is?”
Dr. Salierno suggests, “Imbalance comes from the notion that what we do determines who we are. In reality, who we are determines the effectiveness of what we do.” What about you? Are you more concerned with doing or becoming?
Finding balance in life isn’t automatic and is never a one-and-done deal. Join me in the coming posts to learn more about living a life that models a healthy balance as we do life and ministry with family, friends and especially the world we are seeking to reach for Christ. Let’s learn more about what it means to BE and not just DO as a Christian and servant leader.
Balancing with you,