Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Romans 12:2 (MSG)
The most common question we receive from Christian business professionals sounds something like, “How can I balance my work, family and spiritual life the way God intends?”
Paul answers it this way:
1. Recognize what God wants.
2. Then just do it.
I love answers that come with “do this” instructions, don’t you? Give me the bullet points and action items and I got this.
But, there are two inherent problems with this:
1. Do we really do them? Or, do we look for shortcuts?
2. Everyone’s solution is different.
Take work/life balance, for example. What God plans for me to do today is different from what is planned for you. So rather than copy-cat someone else’s balancing act, find out what God wants first.
How much time should you spend with God in the morning? Ask him: “Good morning, God! What’s on your mind today?”
Be specific: “God, I’m going to give you praise and glory now. But let’s save time for some petitions. My heart is heavy this morning.”
Ask the following:
Who does God want you to attract to Him today?
Who does God want you to comfort today?
Who could you forgive today?
Who needs a challenge today?
How can you best volunteer at church?
Where does God want you to give his money? And how much?
By fixing our attention on God all day, the Holy Spirit gives answers all day long.
We have a partner to help us figure this out. Jesus said to find out what God says about his way of doing things right. And when you do, the other provisions of life are attracted to you and find you.
Just about everybody looks for work/life balance. True balance is focusing on God and accepting work and life as gifts.
When we fix our attention on God instead of the negative world, our faith increases with greater joy so we love God and others more.
Mike Van Vranken