Making Time Count

Developing Balance in Our Lives

Time—we take it for granted, yet complain we don’t have enough of it. Today’s society encourages people to work longer so they can earn more and buy more. As a result, our attitude about the value of our family, our church, and our personal walk with God suffer.

A balanced life is a journey of faith and learning. Start by capitalizing on today. Stop worrying about tomorrow or next month or next year.

Finding balance doesn’t necessarily mean clearing your calendar, but it does require careful scrutiny of your activities. Examine each from an eternal perspective. Is it necessary? Does it gratify only yourself? Does it distract you from things that are really important?

The foundation of balance is a heart attitude. Are you willing to trust God completely, even with what is most precious to you? God wants you to offer more than spare time and juggled schedules. He wants to be Lord of everything, including family, meals, laundry, and leisure time.

No matter how painful the situation you are facing, you can trust God. Don’t waste time and opportunities trying to bargain with God because you want to continue doing things your way.

The balanced life is a life of surrender. It is surrendering, or yielding, that says, “I can’t, but You can.” Then God takes over and begins to adjust and arrange your life, making it count for His purposes, and filling your heart with peace. So many things come at us from all sides; it’s easy to lose focus. Finding balance is a journey of faith we must take one step at a time.

It helps to remember that God created you, and He has a special plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Time is fleeting. James 4:14 reminds us, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” How are you choosing to spend your time?

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