A balanced life, it’s the dream of everyone! The balance of leisure time for oneself and with loved ones in contrast to mandatory work hours and demands.
The life balance issue is not a pursuit of just our decade, although it feels like the desire and need for it is on the rise each year. Demands and business competition are increasing, and so are work hours, social media pressure and unceasing notifications of all sorts.
Living an unbalanced life comes with high risks and costs, individually and for society. An unbalanced life exhausts, it creates havoc for the body, mind and soul; it sucks the joy out of life, and destroys relationships.
That’s why so many people look for relief through squeezing in activities like jogging, coloring, puzzles, crocheting, yoga etc. However, statistics on the use of prescription medication to combat stress and stress-related issues in/has been on a steep/alarming rise in the US.
Interestingly, the need for a balanced life is mentioned multiple times both in the Old and New Testament. See, the greater issue of an unbalanced life is to lose the connection with God through scratching off Scriptural disciplines such as daily Bible reading, prayer time, and church commitment. That’s when our lives become power- and fruitless. Have you been there? I have.
The Bible has stern warnings, but also lots of advice and encouragement. It’s important to seek God’s Word for our own good. Below are 20 Scripture verses from the Old and New Testament.
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Psalm 127:1 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
2 Thess. 3:11-14For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 4:10
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
2 Peter 3:17
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
While coloring, doing puzzles and other activities are great ways to combat stress that comes with an unbalanced life, they can be valuable tools when connected with hearing, reading, or memorizing Bible verses to keep us connected with God. Although they are not going towards the root causes, they are one good step in the right direction.