I once heard Howard Hendricks say that a lot of people’s lives are like poor photographs: over-exposed and underdeveloped. I think that’s true of pastors, too. Many of us are overexposed. We know many people and spread ourselves very thin relationally, but our private lives are underdeveloped.
We need to balance our lives if we want to stay in ministry for the long haul. Why?
First, a lack of balance leads to frustration. Maybe you can relate to this: Sometimes I find myself working on one part of our lives and then another part crumbles. It’s like playing a game of “Whack a Mole.” It’s a struggle to get everything under control.
Second, a lack of balance leads to fatigue. When you buy a new set of tires, it is important to get them balanced. If you don’t do that, they will wear out easier and quicker! The same is true for us in ministry. When you’re out of balance, you get tired.
We need to find balance in these five areas:
- Mental: You don’t just allow anything into your mind. You screen what comes in through God’s Word.
- Physical: We must take care of our bodies.
- Spiritual: We must maintain the spiritual habits that help us have a growing relationship with God.
- Emotional: We’re demonstrating the fruits of Spirit from Galatians 5.
- Social: Even if everything else is right in your life, if your relationships are wrong, you will still have major problems with your life.
Proverbs 14:8 says, “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways but the folly of fools is deception.” (NIV) Wise people think about where they’re headed.
Here are three steps to help you do that: