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The Balanced Life

March 25, 2008

there are several adjectives you could use to describe my life. balanced is not one of them. i wear a lot of hats. i am a husband, father, college student, and assistant pastor. i am in a small group, a men’s group, and i serve in my local church. can that even be balanced? the balanced life. what does that even mean? i was reading through the blogs i read daily, when craig groeschel over at swerve really caused me to think about this. when asked how he balances his life, his response is, “i don’t live a balanced life.” the more we try to balance our lives, the more we fail at it, and consequently, feel like a failure. i do not know anywhere in scripture we are called to live a balanced life. i think that concept, for all its good intentions, i severly misguided. we are called to live an obedient life. we are called to follow jesus. we are told to live a life worthy of our calling. craig went on to say, “while following jesus, our life will often be out-of-balance. he may lead us on long stretches of ministry followed by a substantial season of rest. ministry will rarely be predictable.” he obviously wrote that in the context of leaders in ministry, but i think it applies to all believers. i plan to spend some time thinking about this idea of balance and unbalance. craig will be blogging about it this week. rather than striving for a life of balance, i want to strive for a life of honor to god. let me know what you think about this. i will try to comment further on this idea later this week.

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