Friday, April 5, 2013

Balanced Life

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Lately I've been like the man who fell off the boat in the picture to the left. Flailing in the water, making excuses for having my priorities out of balance.

I'm a writer, but my writing time seems to have been sucked into a vortex and swept into a white water current.

My to-do list is so dynamic it doesn't exist. Schedules? Seemingly impossible to set and keep.

I'm totally off balance.

When I have free time, I bury myself in meaningless things to escape from life. My energy is not channeled in a positive direction. I'm self-destructing. My body and mind are exhausted, my strength is weakening, my health is deteriorating.

Ever felt that way?

When my scales are tipped like this, I know Satan is standing in my presence. He invades with his favorite weapons: confusion and doubt. I'm like Peter, who after he stepped out of the boat and took his eyes off Jesus began to sink. How that must have hurt Jesus, to see his beloved apostle's lack of faith.

Thankfully, Jesus understands and holds out His hand to lift me up, despite my faith having faltered. The sad thing? I didn't realize my eyes had shifted away from His, if only for a brief moment. But Satan was watching and he tied a concrete block to my ankle to pull me down.

Ever hear the word "theocentric?" It means God-centered. A truly balanced life needs to be theocentric. I'm letting God become the center of my universe and give Satan the boot (or sandal).

Life is a balancing act. But we can sail on calm seas with Jesus as the mast of our boats.

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 "We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed."

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!!!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a novel to write.


Unknown said...

Priorities. Sometimes over thinking my writing can be unbalanced. Sometimes I get so frustrated that the words come much to slow and it blocks me from everything as I stress out. Husband is my best supporter and even he had to remind me I need to live in the real world too.

So I took some days away from the computer, cut out 4 dresses for my daughter-in-love and sewed up three of them before she got here on a visit from Haiti. I forgot how much I love to sew. I forgot the feeling of accomplishment of finishing a project. (After all, is our writing ever really as *finished* as we would like?)

Of course Daughter-in-love is thrilled. And now I think my creative juices have been restored.

Thanks for another thought provoking post, Carol Ann.

Carol Ann said...

Sharon, so happy you found time to do something you love to relax you. I get the same feeling from completing my prayer shawls and afghans. Writing is a never ending project! Enjoy your family time.

Caroline said...

Yes, and I've found if I don't take some time away I get frustrated and unable to get my writing done. I love time w/hubby as we travel; talk about other general (or specific things) and sometimes even read him some of my work and have his input (which is still writing, but revives me.

Love being w/family and doing things w/them. Catching up on "let go" items.

We need time away. :)'
thanks for the post, Carol Ann

Carol Ann said...

Your hubby is a great blessing!