May 07, 2021

How Do I Find Balance?

As I write this title down, a laugh seems to surface. There is no clear answer to the question “How do I find balance?” Yet, there is always clear ways to find it in different seasons you may be going through. I think the better question may be “How do I continue to work on balance in my life?”

Our culture seems to have a consistent pattern of busyness. We are always busy. This is why stopping to think through or even come face to face with the concept of balance is so important. As human beings created by God, we need to recognize that we do not have it together most of the time. Balance is a role that helps us keep going in the midst of chaos.

So, how do we continue to create balance around us?

1. Recognize that balance is important

Throughout May, we will continue to share the importance of balance and how it is shown throughout scripture. There is no doubt that it is vital in our day to day living. I don’t think any of us question that truth. Yet, how often do we think about it, live it, and apply it? We must make balance a priority so that we can live through a healthy mindset.

2. Identify what keeps you out of balance

If we took the time, we could probably spend hours brainstorming things in our lives that keep us out of balance. It’s a great step in setting time aside and evaluating what is in our lives that we can say no to right now; or something that is holding us down or taking up our time and energy in a negative way. I encourage you to take some time this week to identify these and restructure where they are in your everyday life.

3. Set healthy boundaries where you are now

Once these things are identified, see how you can set boundaries to eliminate the issues that keep you out of balance and/or set healthy boundaries around them. It could be a person (or persons), it could be taking some time away from things and investing in healthier activities, or it could be stepping away from something in your life. Healthy boundaries are challenging to set and maintain, but can make us breathe a little easier. What can you do?

4. Daily discipline and accountability

This is often a challenge. We have goals to change, but life happens, and hard times and demanding seasons approach us. Stop here and rest–knowing that difficult days will come and go is a healthy place to sit and stay. What keeps you going back to that place of remembering wanting to be a healthier version of you? Discipline and accountability help keep us on track when life interrupts our plans and purest intentions.

Set up accountability. This is something we all want to do but there often seems to be a disconnect in “wanting” and “doing.” We must set this as a priority if we want to see change.

5. Stay close to Scripture

When life feels out of balance, follow the lamp that guides you back to truth. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Trust in the truth of God’s word—Seek Him and you will have rest. Below are a few verses to help encourage you as you try to implement balance into your life.

 

  • Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. (Philippians 4:11, NLT).
  • It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. (Psalm 127:2, NLT).
  • Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. (Proverbs 23:4, NLT).
  • For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you. (Isaiah 41:13, NLT).
By <a href="https://pastorskids.org/author/krissieg/" target="_self">Krissie Glass</a>

By Krissie Glass

Krissie was born and raised in Texas. She has two amazing boy/girl twins, Joah and Selah. Krissie is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For over 8 years, Krissie has counseled with people of all ages and from all different backgrounds. Her experience and training have prepared her to work with individuals and families struggling with depression, anxiety, parenting, grief, and everyday life stressors. Krissie has an extensive background working with local churches and ministries. She grew up a pastor’s kid and served in the ministry alongside her husband for eight years.