The Strategy behind Balance: Live Intentionally

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Creating and preserving balance in real life requires tremendous skill. Few things in my life command the discipline and forethought as does the need to maintain balance. Today’s woman must live intentionally, strategically planning how she invests her time—even in small increments. The competing needs of husbands, children, jobs, and ministry service are all legitimate and biblically required. Very often, the temptation is to focus on any 1 or 2 areas of life, neglecting the other areas of need. Few people are naturally drawn to live in balance.     

Can’t we all think of a mother who is admirably devoted to her household yet lacks awareness of the world’s hurts outside her family? And what about the ministry-minded individual who provides care to the most downtrodden yet misses the crisis in her own home? While we are each different in our natural abilities and preferences, most of us struggle to maintain balance.

Keep your balance! Try out these strategies:

  1. Use the calendar as an accountability keeper. In the areas you tend to neglect, schedule an appointment in advance, committing to devote attention to ministry service, a one-on-one date with a husband or child, or completing a work assignment with an attitude of excellence.
  2. Accept the need for “imbalance” during certain seasons of life. If you or someone in your family requires extra medical or educational attention, perhaps taking a sabbatical from teaching or serving would be part of the strategy for maintaining balance.
  3. Plan ahead, and schedule downtime. When the calendar begins to look crowded, visually block off days to recuperate from all the activity. Tired, hurried, and stressed-out individuals usually spread those feelings to those around them. It’s OK to RSVP no to others’ invitations if they coincide with scheduled downtime.
  4. Resist the urge to make spur-of-the-moment commitments. Can’t we all think of times we agreed on impulse to babysit the neighbor’s children and forfeited devoted attention to our own families? The best decisions are usually made with the Big Picture in mind and without the pull of emotion.
  5. Trust in God. Pray for discernment, and then stick with the predetermined commitments. When temptation arises for imbalance, recognize the enemy’s efforts to pull you off track. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A, placed tremendous faith in God when he made the decision to keep his restaurants closed on Sundays.

Though these actions may not come naturally, you may find that they help you sharpen your skills in balancing a life that allows you to serve well.

Amy Fenton Lee is a writer based in Cumming, Georgia. 

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