Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Experience Life Balance through Total Surrender

Focus Verse: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of the world, but let the Lord transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you which is good pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2, NLT)
It is very important it is to keep our life in balance. If not, we could experience burnout and lose my passion for the work God called us to do. Different aspects of our life including the spiritual, emotional, social, and physical domains are all important.
Our spiritual well-being lies at the heart of true life balance, and all the other areas of our lives are dependent on it. We must pay attention to our relationship with God, and spend time in prayer, and meditation on his Word. This strengthens us from within and impacts the other areas.
We must find healthy balance in our lives, that is, an interaction between our relationship God and aspects such as work, church, school and recreation. For example, we need to maintain our physical health through proper diet and exercise.

How about my relationship with others? Strong nurturing relationships give us a sense of belonging and well-being. We are to be kind, compassionate and forgiving to one another, instead of being malicious and angry towards others (Ephesians 4:31 -32).
Our thought patterns also affect our quality of life. When we constantly ruminate on negative aspects of life, this could intensify our feelings of frustration, anxiety, and stress. Instead, we need to consistently take steps to renew mind as the Apostle Paul encourages in Romans 12:2.

We need to change the way we think, so that our thinking reflects what God Word says about us and our situations. As we do, we can move to a more balanced lifestyle that is well-pleasing to God, one that is not dictated by the standards of the world.
We can only experience genuine life balance through total surrender to God. Listen as CeCe Winan sings, "I Surrender All." Through this surrender, we are transformed from the inside and this influences all aspects of our lives. Only when we allow the peace of God to settle all questions in our hearts (Collossians 3:15) can we experience deep, purposeful lives.

Focus Questions: Based on this devotion, what steps do you need to take to improve your life balance?

Prayer: “Heavenly Father, I thank you that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to die so that I might have life to the fullest. Help me to surrender to you, so that you can guide me into a truly balanced and abundant life. Amen.”

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