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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart. Colossians 3:23
Over the past several Thursday’s we’ve been considering Mary and Martha and the lessons they have to teach us. Did you know that this story is sandwiched between the story of the Good Samaritan (that reminds of our relationship with each other) and the Lord’s Prayer (that reminds us of our relationship with God)? I have to say that I hadn’t really thought of that before it was brought up in Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. To think of the balancing act it is in our service to God and our service to people.
Don’t you find it hard sometimes?
I think about how sometimes families will leave the worship service early during church so they can go out and prepare coffee. The coffee needs doing, but the worship needs happening too. Or when an Easter Son-rise service is happening and a good portion of the “helpers” are out of service getting it all ready. Which admittedly is wonderful! I love the breakfast and how quickly it is ready, and I love helping with the clean up afterwards, but sometimes I wonder is the not coming to worship worth it?
How do we balance the spiritual and physical? Both needs are real. Both goals are great. They both need to be met. It is so easy to just focus on one or the other at times in our lives.
I have to admit that I am no expert. I struggle with how much to do and when to do it. It’s a battle to see the needs…like for instance the lad and I work on the foodbank once a week. He does his schooling and helps wherever he can when called upon, and I work with clients and keep things organized. And sometimes I wonder if it makes a difference, or if when my week is busy if I should just cancel it, or what. It’s not always an easy fit you know? And then I look at this week and how I’ve managed to have devotions once because life has been a bit more hectic this week than I would have planned and so my worship of God, my service to God has suffered. The balance just hasn’t been there this week.
How Does One Maintain Balance?
It leaves me pondering…how does one maintain balance?
I think part of it is this:
Needing to plan out my life just a bit more. To be able to say I have this and that and that thing to do, so how do I fit in my must, my need, my want, my desire in-between it all?
Steps to take:
- Planning. Noting the big things in your life and making sure the important gets done and working the rest around it.
- Spiritual inventory. Taking note if you are feeling stressed or downcast or off-kilter. Are you spending your time wisely? Reaching out to God? Talking to him? Learning from him? Sharing of yourself with those around you?
- Rest. Are you taking a day to just rest. Seriously.. God gave us a day of rest for a reason. TAKE IT! Spend time chilling, spend time with your spiritual family, Spend time with the people important to you. Take the rest.
- Remember who your centre is… always circle back to Christ. Remember that he is the strength behind anything we do. Whether it is service to our fellow beings or service to God. Without Christ as the wind beneath our sails none of it is truly possible.