Let me start off with asking a question: If you could write what you would like to be said at your funeral, what would you want people to remember you by?
A pastor might want to say he was a family man or a disciple builder. You might want to say you devoted your life to the Lord. Another might say that I served the Lord the best I could. But how many of you might use the word balanced.
I thought of this message some time ago both from a class I took but as well watching family member balancing things in his man cave. He has a whole room in his house that is dedicated to Batman and the Cardinals. His collection has grown over the years that now he has to resort to some balancing to fit things on display. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Balance is defined as stability or equal footing. I believe that the point that Solomon is trying to make deals with the balanced, repeated nature of life and says that there is a proper time for everything.
So, I thought it would be fun to create a time capsule and we are going to put in there what we need to build a balanced life.
Before we get started on our creation we must understand why we must have balance in our lives:
1 We always struggle for balance against other forces (temptation)
2 Culture is always trying to push us out of balance (power, wealth, fame)
3 Others demands can push you out of balance
Such as building anything, you need materials. To maintain a balance life, you need these materials to assist you:
No matter what you are building, you must start off with a strong foundation. Faith is your foundation when life storms comes, and they do come. Your faith is the only foundation that has no cracks or holes and is waterproof. If faith is not your foundation then what is? Wealth? Power? Fame? or pleasure?
Three scriptures relate to the start of a healthy family.
Exodus 20:12 Ephesians 5:25 Proverbs 22:6
If your family doesn’t become a part of your structure, this will leave you all alone. I personally experienced that for the better part of my adulthood. Reuniting with my mother was purely done with the assistance of my faith in Jesus, otherwise I am not sure that it would have happened.
There are several things that friends accomplished in your life. They are an equal that can recharge you or someone that you can rely on when you just need someone to talk to or just listen. Friends are great for sharing activities, experiences or just a few laughs. Friends with common bonds often build trust. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
We can all use a little fitness in our lives and I for one can attest to that. Not having some form of fitness in our life’s structure causes three main problems. Generally, poor health leads to poor quality of life. Secondly, it cuts life short. Finally, poor health prevents from enjoying the other aspects of a balanced life. Most importantly God instructs us as shown in: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
We have all heard of the saying that money is the root of all evil. Finances are listed as the # 1 cause of stress as well as #1 cause of breakups in marriages. Finances can not be isolated as they deal with all aspects of your life. Hebrews 13:5
Now we have all the materials to put together our balanced life. It would be important at this juncture to say that we all need to balance our life before we burnout. Three things we need to keep in mind when looking at our balanced life, one or several of these elements of a balance life might fluctuate during certain seasons but needs to get back in balance when the season ends but remember that faith must always be in balance.
Do you know what your purpose is? Do you know what your plan is? Would you believe that people spend more time planning their vacation than planning their lives?
You need to have a vision and focus on what you want in life. You need to use the resources at your disposal and most importantly let God shine the light on the path for you.
2 Corinthians 5:7
Too many of us today live in a comfort zone. We don’t want to take the risk which is usually defined by “can’t” “Don’t” “Won’t”. If you leave your comfort zone you will grow which leads to a bigger fulfilling life. We must learn to embrace change.
We must learn to act. Those that procrastinate get left behind. Think of yourself out there during hunting season and we see a deer in our sights. We raise our rifle, we aim…we aim…we aim, and we come home empty handed because we never shoot.
Now if we live our life on that basis, then what are the chances that you are going to share your testimony?
Finally, let’s talk about changing habits to better your life. Experts says it takes 30-40 days to create a new habit. They suggest you use the SMART Principle for accountability.
Make your new habit specific. Make the new habit measurable. Make the new habit relevant. Make the new habit time-sensitive.
There is a difference between doing more and being more. Doing more is based on performance and results. Performances are temporarily and inconsistent and they don’t bring peace. They are a tangible.
Being more is becoming more Christ Like. This is an intangible that brings the peace of God. Being more is a permanent eternal journey.
There is a poem out there called The Dash by Linda Ellis. It’s a poem that is mainly read at funerals. The poem refers to the dates between birth and death. What matters most is the dash between the two dates. Because that dash represents what words would describe your life here on earth. So, let me close by asking this final question:
When we open your time capsule, what are we going to replace the dash with?
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