What is balance in life? Sounds like a simple enough question. However, if you ask ten different people you will get ten different answers.
When you were born, you probably occupied a baby basinet, then a larger crib, then you might have even got your own room! Possibly your first home was a one-bedroom condo, then a two-bedroom place, then kids came, and you might have moved into a four-bedroom place. Some of you ran out of room and moved into a 4,000 square foot house and then, years later, after the kids moved out, you downsized to a small bedroom condo again.
Many business leaders I work with commonly struggle with what they refer to as work-life balance. They typically talk about the constant struggle to “find the right balance” of time spent on work, family, ministry, hobbies, health and self. The world is ready to offer all kinds of suggestions. A quick Google search on work-life balance results in 153,000,000 results!
Work-life balance continues to receive a lot of attention. People are looking for ways to reduce stress and burnout, maintain focus and control and increase productivity. I did a Google search for “Work-Life Balance” and it garnered about 630,000,000 results, examples include:
6 Tips for the better work-life balance – Forbes
Adopt these 12 habits for a better work-life balance – Entrepreneur
7 habits of people who have achieved work-life balance – Fast Company
God made us to work. If you’re a Christian professional, chances are you’ve heard the phrase. Maybe from a pastor, a conference speaker, or someone in the office. But when it comes right down to the first minutes of our morning on Monday, the abstract does us little good. How do we take the idea of work as worship and make it a reality? The work as worship idea says that the five days (or more) we spend each week at work give us the opportunity to expand God’s kingdom. We can use the talents and skills God has given us to worship Him on more than just Sunday. It’s a compelling message—but what does that look like lived out?