My feet dig into the cedar mulch of life’s playground as I struggle to master the seesaw of calling. Work on one end, relationships on the other. One soars, the other plummets. Thud.
Yet, balance leaves me motionless, feet dangling in midair, mouth dry as the 60 Minutes theme plays in my head.
Then God brings this verse to mind, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men . . .” Colossians 3:23 (NIV).
God’s word to me? Don’t strive for balance.
Shocking, I know.
God wants me to go hard after the thing before me. Family, school, writing, the dog, me time? Each will take its turn in due course. With God’s guidance, I will accomplish the right tasks at the right time. My part? Give one hundred percent to whatever I do (be it dishes, devotionals, or dissertations) without feeling guilty about the other responsibilities waiting in line. Work at one with all my heart, then put that task aside and leave it.
No, really. Leave it.
Due to health issues with my mother-in-law, our son, and a variety of friends, my husband and I spent October to December in hospital rooms. Pumpkins sat on my porch well into December and our tree didn’t go up until the Monday before Christmas.
Balance? Nonexistent, but God placed us where we were needed. The world kept turning. Christmas came and went. And while most of my to-do list stalled, God’s peace flowed and His will was accomplished.
So how about it? Will you trust God with the calendar, with the to-do list, with the next five minutes? Whatever He gives you to do, work at it with all your heart, ‘cause remember, you’re working for Him.
Workout of the Week: Unbalanced—and Good With It
Memory Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men . . .” Colossians 3:23 (NIV).
Meditation Passage: Colossians 3:15-17
Just Do It: One thing at a time.