Is your candle burning at both ends (while the middle melts too)? Truth is, balancing life in our modern world is challenging. A simple list of “what to do & what not to do” would be nice, but real life isn’t that “simple”. So, instead of a list, consider this question for today:
“Will the things I do (work, school, family) define me, or will I define them based on who I am in Christ?”
Paul charges us in Colossians 3:23 with this:
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord.”
It helps to remember just whose approval we should be seeking. Paul had known great success in Jerusalem’s inner circle. He was a popular “mover & shaker” with widespread name recognition, but after conversion he gained a new perspective on how to invest his time (Phil. chapter 3). He continued working hard with his hands making tents (Acts 18:3), but his goals and influence around the marketplace changed. Instead of trying to win, he modeled the attitude of laying aside hindrances to finish well (Hebrews 12:1-2). “Well” isn’t about busy, it’s about priorities and some of the lesser stuff may need to wait until later…way later…if ever.