Luke 6 :47-49
“Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great."
A term commonly used to describe the balance that a working individual needs between time allocated for work and other aspects of life. Areas of life other than work–life can include, but it is not limited to personal interests, family, faith, social and recreational/leisure activities.
I am going to add a definition for the term balance in order to fully expand work-life-balance to a three-fold concept. Here is why. I believe that balance is not simply what is needed between work-life, but that both work and life need to be significantly applied to balance. Significant in the sense that work and life have no real meaning or purpose without balance.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is about reveal a truth to us regarding balance - a truth we have either forgotten, or perhaps never fully understood or known. We live in a "pop tech-culture" world filled with clips, tips, blogs, texts, memes, tweets and posts. Every moment, of every minute, of every day there is a new one! Nothing seems stable or balanced because frankly, it isn't. Our health, wealth, and spiritual well-being are caught up in the socio-political rapids of our times - the current is so strong and violent we can't find balance or the solid ground needed for work-life-balance.
However, if you and I will hear and heed this revelation - the balance we seek and need will be the outcome. Work-Life can't be found or successfully done without balance. But more accurately, work-life can't be done without biblical balance. Here is a progression of definitions for balance that we will refer to during this series. Each one will find a place of connection and context in the teaching, but ultimately we will settle on the foundation of biblical balance in order to find what we are looking for.
1. An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
2. A harmonious blend of occupational, familial, social, and leisure pursuits.
3. A state of being at peace, living life with purpose and meaning.
Being in balance may mean something different to each individual.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he stumbles, he will not fall on his face, for the Lord upholds his hand.
So, do not be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Work, life, and balance! By now, you and I have discovered the constant tension existing between the three. If it is too loose - things fall apart. If it is too tight - things are torn apart. Finding the healthy and positive tension is the key. The key to that tension is found within our passions, our preferences, and our responsibilities. Let’s take a moment to understand what that looks like.
Passions are those things we love and enjoy so much that we find yourself doing them with our last bit of energy, in the last minute of our day, when no one cares, without the promise of ever getting paid. Without the time or opportunity to fulfill our passions life gets boring and starts to lose meaning.
Preferences are similar, yet distinctly different. Preferences are those personal likes and dislikes – routines and behaviors that we would choose or do when there are no other demands or expectations on your time or thoughts. Without access or the ability to choose and experience some of our preferences we start to become resentful and bitter about the life we are living and sometimes the people we are living it with.
Responsibilities are first and most importantly the loved and necessary people in our life. Secondly, they are the many and much needed jobs, tasks, and obligations to which we commit to and allow others to have expectations in. Without meeting our responsibilities and obligations, or fulfilling those expectations our world caves in on top of us and all hell breaks loose.
When there is not a good and biblical approach or spiritually healthy tension to these three it impossible to live successfully or love fully. Reunion’s Work-Life-Balance Series is a pursuit of those biblical truths and insights that will bring a good approach and healthy tension into our lives and the lives of those we love.