Finding a Balance
Read: “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:1-3 (NIV)
Reflect: The face in the mirror looked tired, stressed, and bewildered; it was my face. After decades in the fast lanes of life, I was looking like my Aunt Mildred.
Zig Ziglar, the motivational speaker, said, “You don’t have to be great at something to start, but you have to start to be great at something.” That statement fit me perfectly. As a young man, I desperately wanted to become great at everything I started. There was little time for anything or anyone, my desire for accomplishment came first. Emotionally, I was a machine-driven by selfish desire; no pain – no gain was my motto. Relationally, more times than I would like to admit, this self-centered desire for success put our marriage on the rocks. My wife’s biggest complaint: “you are always working.” Financially, we did well. All of my hard work paid-off, but the prosperity came at a very high cost because, Physically, my body suffered from years of disregard for good health. Achieving success monetarily, if not intelligently planned and balanced, can consume a person’s life – the rest is lost, and for what?
Zig also said, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” It was not until I witnessed the reflection of myself through others that I began to understand the value of Zig’s statement. Spiritually, I was dying, unresponsive to the work of the cross, and out of balance with God’s expectations.
React: This week, plan to set the example of a good shepherd. Care for your family as much as yourself. Find a balance for your well-being.
Pray: Father God, I pray your wisdom will guide troubled souls through adversity, bring them understanding, and that your loving grace bestows peace in their family.