This was originally posted on my blog on July 6, 2012
Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”
Everyone of us is in pursuit of something. Some of us are aware of it, some of us are not. Some of us might need to rethink what we’re pursuing and some of us might need to challenge ourselves by pursuing something that requires a little more effort.
When I say everyone, I mean everyone. The guy sitting in his chair, watching his favorite team? He’s pursuing that perfect moment of relaxation. The woman running herself ragged working outside the home, trying to be keep her house perfectly, spotlessly ready for company and over-scheduling her own life and her kids? She’s pursuing the title of “Best Mom Ever”. Don’t get me wrong – there are those who pursue good things too. Enough money to support their families, good health, a healthy relationship.
There is nothing wrong with relaxing, wanting a tidy home, seeking to take care of your financial obligations and so on. The danger comes when the thing we are pursuing begins to control EVERY aspect of our lives.
So what’s the answer? Sitting back and pursuing nothing is certainly a horrible idea! But so is choosing our pursuits based on the preferences of others. Others don’t have to face the consequences – good or bad- of the choices that I make so I certainly do not let them make those choices for me.
The key is something I’m STILL trying to learn – balance. If you have relaxed to the point that you can barely get out of your chair because you have gotten stiff from sitting there too long, you’re out of balance. If you resent the activities your kids are in and don’t really even enjoy your tidy home, you’re out of balance. If you have enough money to support your family but continue to work extra hours just to chase more money, that’s out of balance. You get the idea!
Human beings have an intellect. They can make informed decisions and choose how best to spend their time. In that choosing, we must be mindful of the fact that we also have emotions, a soul, and the need for relationship. Our hobbies, passions, likes and dislikes all fit in there to make a complete, well-rounded person. I challenge myself – and you – to pursue with both passion AND balance. I challenge us to set goals that will push us to achieve new and exciting things or get us closer to getting all the laundry done on the same day we start it! Lastly – and maybe most importantly – I challenge us to recognize the seasons in our lives and change with them!