A soft drink does not taste good if the syrup to carbonation levels are out of balance. Your washing machine, ceiling fans, and tires will not work properly if they are out of balance. Your body will not function properly if there is an imbalance of chemicals, vitamins, or electrolytes. Your mind cannot find peace if it does not receive the right mix of rest and stimulation, nor can your spirit be joyful if it is too busy to find time for prayer and meditation on the spiritual things in life. Many articles have been written citing how studies show that proper balance is crucial to leading a calm, steady and enjoyable life.
Where is your life out of kilter today? Are you placing too much emphasis on your job, Church, volunteer work, or other areas of your life so that you are neglecting things in a manner that will make you appear to be distasteful to others, your body to not work right, your mind to be in turmoil, or your relationships to be dysfunctional? If you want to have a good career, healthy body, strong mind and fulfilling relationships, you must nurture each one in its own right, not neglecting one for another.
Let’s say you decide to grow a garden full of vegetables, hoping at some point to prepare a feast from all the different things you have grown. So you till the soil and plant a variety of things: tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, okra, string beans, lima beans, potatoes, carrots, squash, and perhaps even a few melons. You dream of the harvest, and the day when you can prepare and sit down to a special meal which includes each of the items that you have so lovingly planted. Yet as the summer progresses, you get tired of watering the tomatoes, so they begin to wither beneath the hot summer sun. You are too weary at the end of the day to weed the cucumbers, so thistles and thorns choke them out. You completely forget about the corn, and crows come and eat the ears before you get a chance to harvest it. Then, to top it all off, strangers come in the middle of the night and steal the rest of your crops, except for the potatoes. Because you took it for granted that the crops would be there whenever you decided to pay attention to them, they disappeared. Therefore, you have only potatoes left, and while they serve their place in your diet, and provide some of the nutrients that you need in order to be healthy, they do not supply them all. Not only that, but the constant diet of only potatoes leaves you wanting something more. At the end of the season, you are left with a disappointing table that leaves you dissatisfied, not to mention that it does not even fill your basic needs.
Now apply that analogy to life. Whatever it is in your life that you have planted that you tend to the most will be the thing that thrives, and while that thing may beautiful, if it is at the expense of the other areas of your life, you will find yourself hungering for the things that you have to do without because you did not give them the attention that they needed, when they needed it. Once the growing season ends, it is too late to go back, as those things will be dead to you, and the winter of your life is not the time to plant a new garden.
You will reap what you sow in your garden, so strive to find that balance whereby you can take care of each area of your life simultaneously. By doing so, you will hopefully in the end have a bountiful feast to enjoy – mementoes of a career to be proud of, memories of time spent playing with your kids to warm you, friendships to sustain you, and the comforting arms of someone who loves you to hold you in their arms when it comes time to draw your last breath.
TRUE HAPPINESS LIES IN FINDING YOUR BALANCE! You must make time for yourself, and your own relationships, as well as time for the other things that compose day to day living. Make time to pray, exercise, maintain a healthy diet, work hard, play with your kids, spend quality time with the one you love, and be a friend to someone, in order that your days will be balanced, and your harvest will be bountiful.
“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” ~ Jeremiah 17:10