Monday, May 1, 2017

Finding Balance Part 1

Submitted by David Miller
Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. Matthew 6:33 NCV
If you want to live a truly balanced life, you can only look at one person in all of history as a model: Jesus. If you put him at the center of your life, your life will be more balanced.
Think of your life like a wheel. The center of the wheel is a hub. All of the spokes of your life, which represent your relationships, your family, your career, your goals, etc. come from that hub. We all build our lives around some sort of hub. The question is, what will be your hub? Will it be your family? Will it be your career? Will it be money?
Or will it be Jesus?
How do you do know what you’re building your life around? Take a look at what you think about the most. That’s what is driving you.  Whatever consumes your time, your thoughts, and your day is what is currently the hub of your life spokes. 
The center of your life is critical to developing a balanced life. A solid center leads to a solid life. A weak, flimsy center leads to a weak life. When people say that their lives are coming unglued, it usually means one thing: They have a faulty center. Something other than God has taken priority in their lives.
Not only does the hub create stability, but it also controls and influences everything else about your life. Whatever you put at the center of your life will also be your source of power. The power of a wheel always emanates from the center outward — never the other way around.
We have heard someone say they want Jesus to be first in their life.  But what about this approach?  What if we didn’t worry about making Jesus first in our life?  Instead, what if we put Him in the center of our life?  Let him direct our life, influence it, empower it, and give it stability.
Make Jesus the center of your life, and he’ll provide the stability, control, and power you need for your life. The Bible says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6
Do that and all the other areas of your life, from your family to your career to your goals. will find balance in Jesus.
Scripture to Claim:
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 (ESV)

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