• Work life balance: Do you work to live or live to work?

    work life balance

    Is a work life balance achievable?

    Overworked,

    stressed to the maxand

    on the verge of a burnout.

    Does this sound familiar? This is usually the symptoms of a person without a work life balance. They think, live and breathe for their work. And you can’t blame them.

    The demands of work have never been greater. The need to succeed has never been more crucial. Lifestyle habits and ideals have been never been higher. The pressure is immense for one person to handle. Thus, is a work life balance even achievable?

    Technology has made it easier for people to work around the clock. Every email can be sent straight to the phone during dinner, a work call is only a touch away, and you are even able to work from home now because of the advancements in technology.

    “Hustle” has become a buzzword around the work culture. People who “hustle” will work day in and day out to get the job done. They will work the maximum hours and do whatever it takes to succeed in their pursuit. People who hustle move fast, are energetic and breathe hard work.

    However, they probably don’t have a work life balance. God actually wants us to work. He wants us to succeed and excel in all that we do. In fact, the word “work” in the Hebrew Scriptures “avodah” also means a form of worship. But where do we draw the line?

    Where does work stop and life begin?

    As parents, business owners, teachers and even pastors it’s easy to fall into the trap that being “busy” is a good thing. But being busy can easily become part of the daily grind or otherwise simply a means to an end. There will always be one more thing to tick off the list and you can certainly always “do more” all the time.

    But is that what God intended?

    Is work taking over your family life, your social life and most importantly, your spiritual life? When we focus too much on work, it’s easy to forget about God. We think “Oh, I missed Bible Study today but I’ll do it tomorrow” then tomorrow never comes. Next thing we know, we’ve grown further away from Christ and His Word.

    The 1 question you need to ask yourself

    “Am I busier than God intended me to be?”

    You know you’ve gotten too busy when you cannot spend time with God. When you begin to prioritise work over your church group meetings. When you think “I have to meet this deadline so I won’t attend church this week”.

    If you’re too busy to spend time with God, then you are busier than He intended you to be.

    Live for God, not for work

    Thankfully, God’s given us a greater purpose in life. And it’s not to just work our whole lives. He’s given us a mission: to serve Him and His people. There is more to life than working to live and living to work.

    Even God rested

    In Genesis, God created the Heavens and the earth. He made everything we see in this world and even created us. Then on the 7th day, God rested.

    “On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.” Genesis 2:2-3

    Yes, God loves hard work and ambition. But He also knows the importance of rest. If you feel like you’re on the verge of burnout – take a moment to pause. You can take a physical rest and go on a holiday or a spiritual rest where you just dive into God’s Word and rest in Him.

    It’s okay to slow down.

    Work life balance isachievable if you continue to abide in God. He will give you the next step, the next project and the direction you need to keep living for Him. You need only to stay close.

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