Welcome to 2020.
How have you all been? It’s been so so quiet here, forgive me. I feel as though it’s been really really busy in my life of recent but I have really missed being here. Just realising that I did not even put out one post in 2019. What a wow!!! But we are not continuing that this year. Can you repeat after me ‘Not this year?’
As an individual, I tend to focus intensely on whatever goals I set and sometimes, I end up not finding balance outside them. 2019 was a blessing to me in many ways but I also struggled and the balance I sought seemed to elude me. When I tried to review the year, it seemed like I was constantly trying to catch up. However, best of all was the clarity I got about how much better I need to live life in 2020 and onwards. As I thought about it, I wondered where this balance was, what I needed to let go of and what I needed to focus on and this was brought to my remembrance.
And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test Him: “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. (Matt.22:35-38)
I get the feeling that anything less than 100% focus on Him IS out of balance. So mayhaps, the challenge is not finding the balance in the way I felt, it is about adjusting my lenses and focusing on only God and seeing everything else I do through these lenses of loving God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. (Col.3:23-24)
So, as we unwrap 2020, my big goal is to deal the imbalance and I am finding this solution in loving God and seeking to do everything for Him. Loving God means I make time out to love my neighbours and my relationships improve, it means I am excellent at my job and in my conduct because I understand that my light must shine for men to glorify God. It means that I am driven by purpose and make the right choices because my intentions are not selfish so I am looking out for all the opportunities to reach out to others. Thus, I find the balance I seek by maintaining a single focus.
So, I am going to do this and apply this to everything, faith, family, work, relationships and life. I believe that this focus will help resolve the current imbalance I feel. It will make me more efficient and more productive because when I study Jesus’ life, He lived for one purpose but still had such impact. He was available to speak to the multitide, attend to and teach his disciples in private, to pay house visits and to take time out alone to spend with God.
I am reminded in this search for balance that “God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength” So, I am encouraged instead to seek a life that focuses on loving Him and believe that way, He will give me a life that is patterned just right. the fluidity of His leading will keep me leaning on Him for help, but dynamic enough not to become religious. That sounds like a life that I want to live!
Let’s do this!!!