Not yielding a second to take in his surroundings, get comfortable or relax, he hammered away on his laptop while making a rapid series of phone calls, until the flight attendant forced a reprieve.
Frank was a successful marketing executive. But his health was in shambles: he was overweight, had high blood pressure, and suffered from insomnia. He had no close friends. His wife had left him. His life alternated from “bouncing-off-the-walls” busy to inert and apathetic. He lived alone, eating mounds of ice cream, snack foods and soda pop as he decompressed in front of the television in an attempt to stave off soaring stress levels and nagging loneliness.
Frank’s story illustrates the saying: “We hurry, we worry, and we bury.” So many of us are hooked on busy, but are barren when it comes to life’s most important priorities. We get a lot done, but because there is no balance, it’s doing us in—physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The following three principles lay the foundation for achieving balance while striving for personal, family and professional success. They are essential and achievable whether you are a busy traveling professional, harried housewife or stressed student.
God cares about your schedule—He wants you to rest physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. He invites you to enter into His rest.
We all have multiple roles and responsibilities, including work, spousal, parenting, personal, church and community. Each role can be fulfilling and energizing when kept in balance. Will you take that step today that will build more balance, strength, confidence and perseverance into your life tomorrow? A balanced life is shaped one day at a time—not by chance—but by choice!
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Vicki Griffin is the Michigan Conference health director.