Mentioned in the sermon Sunday, it's most unlikely that we will ever have all three at once! When you're young you have lots of time and energy, but no money. When you're in mid-life with jobs and kids and aging parents and activities there's a lack of enough time. In your final years you've got time on your hands and money but not enough energy to get out of bed in the morning!
So what do you do with the two that you have? Do you use what you've been given to the glory of God? Balance is something I have been reading about and striving for most of my adult life. Now, I find myself in the lacking energy category. Fatigue is a common part of an auto-immune condition I have. Most of the time I dismiss it and try not to think about it. But other times I have to give in and rest. It's annoying! But I see it as the way that God is continuing to shape and mold my life. I am choosy about what projects I take on and push myself a little sometimes to get other things done. After a day of pushing I need a day of rest. And, as a recovering perfectionist, I've learned to stress less about the details. It's amazing how things still happen and those tiny details didn't really matter all that much.
I hope that as the year ends you have a chance to breathe and reflect and think about the coming year. I love setting goals and figuring out how to make them happen. I've heard a new tip on a podcast recently that I want to try. I had heard of writing your goals down and making them visible, but this tip (from Rachel Hollis) says to write your goals down every day! That is a way to keep your goals in mind, for sure. She also says to write your goals as if they've already happened, i.e., I have a fantastic body. Not, I will exercise every day.
Whatever your thoughts are about the new year and setting goals, life balance to me is one of the keys to happiness on this Earth. I eagerly await the time when our work here on Earth is over and our Savior Jesus Christ returns to take us home! Leaving you with this thought from Colossians 3:17:
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."