One evening I received an unexpected visit from one of my good friends. She was very upset, looked extremely tired, and over worked.
This friend is a Christian, and had a high-flying career as a Director within a private company. She is a Landlord having five investment properties, plus she has a beautiful family. They all live in a large six-bedroom house.
Now some might believe she has it all. She has the money, career, and family. Why should she be upset?
“I’ve had enough,” she told me, “I’m so busy I don’t know whether I’m coming or going. I don’t have time for my family. My children are always looking out for me. My husband even told me one of them said, why doesn’t mummy want to be with us.”
“It seems like you haven’t had time for God either,” I said.
“I can’t even remember the last time I’ve prayed. I have no peace my whole life is in a shambles.”
After this she was sobbing uncontrollably. We continued talking for a good five hours, and then began to pray. After the prayer her face seemed brighter.
The next morning she rang me, “I have quit my job. I am going to focus on my property portfolio. I am making a decent living from this. I will be able to focus on my family and more most importantly my spiritual life.”
I was pleased that she made this decision; to date my friend is much happier with a balanced life.
My friend is not the only one that can be overwhelmed with the busyness of life. The reality is it can happen to all of us, it happened to me. Our priorities become out of sync. It becomes work, family, and God, or work, God, and family. When it should be God, family, and work.
Whether you go to an office, work from home, a stay at home parent, or even single, your priorities can still become distorted. However as Christians we can get our priorities correct without feeling guilty, and you don’t need to quit your job to do that.
What does the Bible state we must do? I think you know what scripture is coming next.
‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto to.’
It is important before you start your day to seek God first. Even if you have to get up an hour earlier, seek Him for guidance and direction.
Yes my friend had it all, but she didn’t have the peace, and balance that she needed. She had to seek Gods help in re-prioritising, and there is nothing wrong in admitting your weakness and asking God to help you. In fact He wants us to do that, He wants us to become depend on Him.
If you’re in a situation where you are finding it hard to balance, I pray in agreement with you, that as from today God will help you get your priorities back in sync. Even if you have to let go of some activities to do this, then let it be so, as it is not everything you should say yes too.
Yes you can do your career, have your social life but remember balance and prioritising are important. It could help to write a list of things you need to do and how long you are going to spend on that task.
It is not to late to make a change, we do not need to conform to the patterns of this world, but to do what God tells us to do.