I finally finished reading Candace Cameron Bure's book this week and I give it two thumbs up.
Of course, it's all about her life, starting her career, her marriage, and how she manages her time and priorities, and as a busy actress, I think she does a pretty decent job of balancing her life, according to her book.
She admits, though, that there have been times when she took on projects she shouldn't have and had to step back from doing some things that she really wanted to do, in order to put her family first.
I can relate. Can you?
It's one of the hardest things about being a dreamer (as Holley Gerth says in her book Opening the Door to Your God-Sized Dream).
Dreamers dream! So when your mind is constantly going and ideas are always flowing, it can get pretty confusing, as to what you should be focusing on and what needs to just float on by.
It all comes down to seeking what the Lord has for YOU, and your life and not what anyone else says should be a priority.
David and I used to laugh because all the little old ladies at church would say he needed to be a preacher. They wanted to "call" him into the ministry!
And David would tell them that he needed to hear that calling from God, not the little ladies at church.
Life is all about balance.
As a blogger, it is so tempting sometimes to just sit here and do nothing but read other blogs and write on my own. But, I'm pretty sure my family would have a meltdown after a day or two of not having clean clothes and decent food.
But really....I could just sit here with coffee and do this for days.
Unfortunately, there are bills to pay, places to haul my son, dogs to walk, etc., etc., and reality is, those things don't get done without me.
As Christians, trying to live out our faith is a balancing act.
We have to live in this world full of people that don't quite "get" us and yet, we have to stay true to the principles that we believe in. It's not easy sometimes!
Trying to reflect the mind of Christ to the world and yet, getting through to people by just being real about our sin and our struggles and hoping it all points them in the right direction.
It's a balance! They need to see more of Christ in you, than worldly sin in you. But at the same time, if you're so lofty that they feel they can't live up to you or can't obtain what you have, then they will walk away, giving up on what you're trying to give them.
Following leaders is a balancing act.
How many "leaders" have been in the news, who have fallen on their face, disgracing themselves and their families and left an enormous amount of people in disbelief?
The number is MANY!
People! I can't scream this loud enough......men are men (or women are women)! They are human flesh, just like you, which means they are NOT without sin, without idiotic ideas at times, they are not worthy of the pedestal you have placed them on! So PLEASE quit placing them there!
Preachers, teachers, women, men, athletes, entertainers.....they are all just humans, which means they WILL mess up. So, if you are following everything they say and everything they tell you to do, where does that leave you when they come crashing down? It leaves you at the bottom of the heap, like everyone else.
Believing in someone's message is a balancing act.
You can take in what they say. You can listen and even implement. But, when things get weird or when the little red flag sign starts blinking in your mind.....get smarter!
You place yourself in grave danger when you take someone in leadership at 100% of every word they say.
God gave you the ability to think for yourself. Don't give your brain over to someone else.
So, what's the point of this post?
Learn to balance. Too much of most things is too much.
Everything has a tipping point, that just throws it all out of whack. Don't let yourself go there.
Balance your time, balance your affection, balance your conversations, balance your checkbook :)
The only thing you can't have too much of is God's love. It will never be too much and you will never be in need of removing it from your life.
Now that is something you can trust in......100%!