January 28, 2015

1 Example of How a Stressful Life is an Unbalanced Life




If you’re like me, you’re familiar with a life out of balance—a life of misplaced priorities. Some of us may spend too much time on entertainment, social media, exercising, our careers, or worrying about ourselves. The list is virtually unlimited.

During the past five months, I have lost my balance (in a big way) due to medical concerns within my family.  I have been spending a lot of time in medical/dental offices; the costs add up. I don’t think straight, and my mind won’t shut down. I usually have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep.

What are the Main Components of “Balance”?

I’m sure that the answer to that can vary with the source. Frankly, I have seen many lists that define “balance”. Personally, I like preacher Joyce Meyer’s list; she says that the main aspects of balance are worship, work, rest, and play. I notice that I feel stressed and fatigued when I neglect one, or more, of these components; they are all necessary for a healthy life.

How can we Re-Prioritize?

Joyce Meyer compared re-prioritizing to changing the settings on a DVR (digital video recorder). If we aren’t as interested in a certain show as we were before, we can move that program further down on our list of shows to record—or, delete it from the lineup completely. That way, other shows will take precedence over it. That production will no longer be our top priority.

This analogy relates to our minds in the following way: if we are devoting too much time and attention to a certain activity, or thought, we can “change the settings” in order to diminish our focus on it.


Mary and Martha

Mary and Martha are sisters mentioned in the tenth chapter of Luke.  Jesus is invited into their house. The two ladies had no time to prepare for the visit of such a glorious personage. As a result, Martha is anxiously occupied with cleaning and cooking. After all, a good host wants everything to be perfect for her guests, right?

Martha also wanted Mary to help her do chores. In fact, she asked Jesus why he didn’t insist that Mary help her; she felt overwhelmed.

This was Jesus’ answer; or rather, this was his gentle rebuke (Luke 10: 41- 42 KJV): “…Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

What’s the Moral of the Story?

There’s a time and place to be busy; but, there’s also a time and place to be still and relax (or listen). We have the freedom to pick and choose the manner in which we spend our time. We will be able to tell if our priorities aren’t lined up correctly because we will feel stressed, or anxious. These feelings signal that we need to reprogram the “DVR” in our brains

How often do you rethink your priorities?