Balance: Finding Your Rhythm
Have you ever felt like you have been spinning plates, trying to not let them fall? Sometimes life can get busy and the demands on us can seem relentless. There have been so many times where I feel like I’m doing a lot, but not doing those things well. The pull of responsibility gets stronger and I don’t want to let people down, but I cannot do everything that is asked of me all the time. Here’s the thing; busy doesn’t always mean fruitful.
It is often in those times that our eyes get shifted away from spending time with God because time is at such a premium. What we fail to see is that time spent with God shifts the priority and perception of the demands upon us.
Do we truly believe that God has made us and formed us with a unique set of skills and abilities? If so, then we must realise that there are some things we aren’t meant to be doing. Have you ever been doing a task or even serving in a church department that you are able to operate in, but it’s hard going? Well, the Pastor asked me to do it; or, no-one else put their hand up to volunteer. Sound familiar?
God has gifted you and has graced you to operate in certain spheres in your life…not every sphere. It is exactly this which makes the Body of Christ so remarkable. As each does its part (Ephesians 4:16 – NIV) we enter into a beautiful synergy together. The members of the body (that’s you and me) were never created to compete with one another. Rather, we were made to complete one another.
When we each carry the things we were created to carry, the load becomes lighter. In other words, we find our groove. Matthew 11:28-29 says:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (MSG)
It is when we walk outside of the rhythms of heaven that we become laboured in our steps. Don’t misinterpret what I’m saying; we need action and serving, but we also need to remember to rest, taking time out to spend with God. As we prioritise those moments with our Father, He will reveal and remind us of the right sacrifices in our lives. We must come to a position where we are secure in both our yes and no. In fact, your no may be the very opportunity for someone else to step-up and shine.
If you are feeling out of sync, maybe it’s time to check your rhythm.