Before I begin my actual article I would like to say He is risen! What an exciting time to be a child of the King. The tomb is empty. Death is defeated, and He holds the keys to death and Hell. And Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father always interceding for us. Be encouraged, dear saint, you are participating in the greatest story ever told. His-story.
Now for the task at hand, due to some challenging circumstances in my family, God has once again been showing me the need for balance in my life. Think about it, all in one day we fulfill numerous roles and if any one of them gets out of whack the whole cart gets upset.
First and foremost I am a child of God, then I am a husband and a dad, and let’s not forget I am a son as well as a brother and I haven’t even gotten out of the house. I am a pastor, a counselor, a friend and a boss. Now I am not complaining; I the forever perfectionist just want to make sure that I am pleasing the One who made me in each and every role that I have. And when I take these roles upon myself, well you can just about guess it. What a mess!
In Luke’s writing of the acts of the apostles, chapter 17 and verse 28, it says that in Him (Him being God) we live and move and have our being. Did you hear what I just read? We live and breathe from the very connection we have with our God through faith in His only Son’s finished work on the cross. Where we get into trouble is when we forget that our being here happens because of His grace and mercy and begin to live however we see fit. We don’t even acknowledge that He is the reason we are even here – forgetting that, according to Psalm 139, He knit us together in our mothers womb – and really only acknowledging Him when we get into trouble or need something from Him. I think that is where we can get out off balance – the work of life is acknowledging Him in everything that we do; we must find out how to rest in that.
Yes, all those roles are a lot, but how boring life would be without them. As a pastor and counselor I am blessed to be part of a spiritually growing community of followers of Jesus. And I am very thankful for those who I get to call friends. As a dad I have wonderful adult children I am very proud of and who love me, and as a husband I have a wife who has been my partner in both raising a family and doing ministry for the past 29 years.
If you are out there and life is messy and you are having a difficult time trying to balance all the roles that you have to fulfill, I feel your pain. He never said it was going to be easy, but He did say that He would never leave us or forsake us.
If you are out of balance, stop, take a deep breathe and get back into rhythm with God. He is never out of balance.
One last piece of advice, if I may: Find a Bible teaching church and get involved. It’s hard to be balanced when you’re not part of His body. Be blessed and from His blessing please be a blessing.
Phillip D. Beck is pastor of Central Community Church, Pymatuning Township.