Balancing act

Have you noticed that it’s rare to find someone who honestly feels that their life is in good balance: their work, their family life, their spiritual life, their daily chores, and their personal needs?

We all want the kind of life that doesn’t have us constantly trying to cram one more activity into an already overloaded day; a life that doesn’t require explaining to the children, yet again, why we can’t be with them right now. We want a life with time for family and friends, and time for God as well. We want to be able to do the things that are important without always feeling rushed and overwhelmed. Simply put, we want every area of our lives to receive the right amount of time and attention!

On the face of it, however, every aspect of our existence demands more of us than we have to give. Each of us could probably easily be a full-time parent and spouse, or spend every waking hour at our job or studies or other pursuits—and still feel that we’re not up to snuff in any of those areas.

At the end of the day, life is all about the choices we make. Since there’s only one of us to do what five of us would struggle to accomplish, we need to learn to prioritize the needs and demands on our time and energy.

The same goes for our health. In many cases, healthy living is a matter of consistently making the right choices as far as what we eat and how active we are. Here too, there’s no way to be on top of every aspect of our health, but we can all work on doing a few key things to keep our bodies strong and our resistance high.

The good news is that God is on our side. He’s given us bodies that are remarkably resilient, with built-in early warning and defense mechanisms. He’s also given us common sense and the collective experience of men and women of science. And He can even give us personalized insight and ideas for our unique situations if we ask Him.

So let’s get started.

Ronan Keane

Ronan Keane is the executive editor of the Activated magazine.