.You've heard the adage about time and money. You either have one or the other, but hardly ever both at the same time. Enjoying the financial rewards of your labor requires finding the time to go do something and having time on your hands to fill, usually ends up requiring some greenbacks, although there's a great deal to do on a "value menu" budget.
I think the same is true regarding home and work. Life is good on the home-front, but going to work is becoming as fun as a trip to the dentist. Otherwise, work is running like a well-oiled machine while being home is causing your hair to change color while you stand at the mirror.
On the off chance, life is firing on all cylinders, there's bound to be some nagging annoyances vying for your attention. The impending car repair that your hoping you can put off just a bit longer. Situations involving friends or family that don't affect you directly, but you're paying close attention to how things play out... the list could go on.
Church staff encounter it as well. To hear the needs of desperate situations, while they might be going through one themselves. Deacons, whose businesses are thriving while they sit in church meetings where seemingly little is getting done. Administrators have people on task and on time come home to teens out-of-control, with no sense of time or personal responsibility.
All this promise. All the potential. All the accomplishments. And it means little because of other areas of their life that have purpose and meaning are failing or suffering and so the overall quality of life and enjoyment suffers.
It's this kinda of tension for prolonged periods of time that cause burnout. For pastors. For owners. For employees. For volunteers. Life becomes to much to handle because one side takes too much work. Anything out of balance will lead to a rough ride and everything that's connected just wears out faster... until something is broken or useless.
Pray, this #deaconThursday for elements in lives that are out balance and out of sync. May God grant wisdom and guidance as to decisions and process that can be made and implemented. Pray for patience and grace to deal with the people and situations are that are proving to be stress-points and sources of contention. Pray for ministries they lead and represent within the church... that God would bring into arrangement and alignment the plans He has in store for those struggling to regain balance as they make effort to live out their purpose.
May the grace of God permeate their hearts and minds anew and afresh, as balance is found and life is restored...
for His glory and the cause of Jesus Christ.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.