For most people, the upcoming holiday season – first Thanksgiving and then Christmas four weeks later – is a time of madness, stress, and a great many expectations. It should be a time of joy, anticipation, and gratitude, but so often we dread the end-of-year festivities. Why is that?

Our lives have become so unbalanced. We feel pressured and lose track of our direction.

It is time we simplified things. The goal is to bring all areas to a level of balance. We should feel renewed and appreciate the small pleasure/blessings in life – not just during the holiday seasons but year-round. I want to share with you some thoughts I had regarding this subject. 

 

So how do we balance our lives?

Don’t be overwhelmed with daily circumstances

Take steps towards balance and do so by asking God for wisdom and guidance.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."  James 1:5

"Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding."  Proverbs 3:13

Take steps towards finding balance, peace and harmony

Find out what’s working, and what isn’t. What’s relaxing and peaceful, and what isn’t. How do I fix these (stressful) areas in my life? How did I get there? How do I prevent stress and imbalance?

We need to start balancing internal (mind, heart, health) and external (work, family, relationships) elements and focus on both of them equally. Too often people focus on one and neglect the other. 

First, acknowledge that there may be a problem and that it can cause stress or imbalance. The first way to address the issue and change is by being honest and paying attention to areas of negligence in our lives.

Then examine and determine the areas that we want to have more balanced.

Determine how to balance life and set goals to help prioritize. Plan tasks and write down what needs to be achieved each day, week, and month.

Think about the things that deter from committing to a plan or goal. Negative thoughts, fear, doubts, worries. Then think about how to stay focused on different goals and reflect on what has already been accomplished.

Read what the Bible has to say about you and feel empowered by studying God’s Word. Learning to live a balanced and simplified life takes time, so don’t try to rush change. 

Concentrate on the core values

  • Family
  • Work
  • Finances
  • Relationships
  • Health
  • Spiritual Growth

We are coming into a season of thankfulness and peace, so let us do so by balancing our lives and staying focused on what is truly important. 

Helpful Bible Verses

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace." — Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content."  Philippians 4:11

"Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'"  Hebrews 13:5

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:2

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness." — Galatians 5:22

 

Dr. Neil Anderson

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