The Balancing Act

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Sharon kept a lot on her plate…and she kept a lot of plates in the air. She headed two project teams. She served on another. She belonged to professional organizations…and was chasing a master’s degree.

Besides feeling important, Sharon felt harried, hurried, and hassled. Yes, she got a lot done. But her life was no fun.

One day a friend asked Sharon a question, "Who signed you up for all this?"

Sharon paused. She said, "I did."

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. When our plates are too full, it’s usually because we put too much on them. The right balance between feeling good about work and working to feel good is what I call…the high calling of our daily work.

Unless the Lord builds a house,
the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city,
guarding it with sentries will do no good.
It is useless for you to work so hard
from early morning until late at night,
anxiously working for food to eat;
for God gives rest to his loved ones.
Ps. 127:1-2

Image by Graeme MacLean. Used with permission. Sourced via Flickr.

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