Growing one area of our life while the others suffer is not self-development—it’s self-centeredness.
There are many areas of life that need our attention: work, spouse, kids, spirituality, health, friendships, ministry, hobbies, social activities, and fun. Each are living, breathing entities that need an infusion of care every day; otherwise they wither and die. Keeping these categories of life balanced is no small task, for within each are many factors and considerations, as well as endless moving parts and emotions.
Work is usually the culprit of stealing time from the rest, but focusing on any one of these areas while the others take a backseat is the beginning of a life out of harmony.
They get out of balance when some are ignored while we give attention to others, and it happens as easily as breathing. Work is usually the culprit of stealing time from the rest, but focusing on any one of these areas while the others take a backseat is the beginning of a life out of harmony. It is generally a move toward the kind of selfishness that leads to emptiness. We tend to migrate toward the things we want to do rather than the things we should be doing, and the result is not a dividend as much as a division.
Admittedly, the decision to make sure all areas grow in sync means that all areas will grow a bit slower. This is a fact and a test of our patience. But when all areas of life are winning, then peace is present, joy is abundant, and true success surrounds you. Life is no longer a race being run on the ups and downs of adrenaline; it’s a pace where our commitment to enhancing all areas adds blessing and creates fulfillment that could never be attained through any one area of great success. Ever!
Consider the condition of all the categories of your life today.
- Which areas of my life are spiking while the others are hurting?
- Will I quality-check each of these areas or ignore them until they die off?
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