So far, I've been swinging between extremes.
Excess. Space. Elimination.
Any of those could become an extreme in and of itself. Today, I'm admitting and preaching to myself that balance is really where I'll find the most success and change.
If I swing to the excess extreme - I'll be overrun with stuff in my house, a messy heart and a jam packed calendar. No good at all.
If I swing to the elimination extreme - I'll feel completely deprived and starved of some of the things my spirit feeds on and is refreshed by. Plus, I'd wager I would be missing some ministry opportunities that God had provided for me.
Balance is knowing when the scales are about to tip and doing whatever necessary to keep them even.
Personal example: I really wanted to have a French inspired Mother's Day picnic this Sunday. My mom is going to be here and David's mom is going to be here and I had lots of fun ideas to make this special.
Life is busy - I bet I don't even need to tell you that! And, when David's mom offered to take everyone out to dinner - I suggested Mother's Day. Even though it breaks my heart, I know it is for my best interests (and therefore my family's as well) that I not do a huge lunch on Sunday.
I realized that going ahead with my idea would've tipped the scales in an uneven way which would have side effects in my home.
Here's another example where I did not make the right choice. The other day at the grocery store - I saw three bags of tomatoes on the mark down rack and thought what a great deal they were for making and canning salsa and tomato sauce.
I bought about 15 lbs. for $4.50 and was excited about my deal. They are all done and canned in jars - but I'm just not convinced it was worth my time. Several of hours of work, not sure how good the results will be since I've never canned tomato sauce before and really not all that much cheaper than buying pasta sauce on a good sale.
I should've just left those tomatoes there for someone else and next time - I will.
One last example - my garden. In the past I've had great successful gardens and poor neglected ones. This is a difficult season in my life to have a garden because most of my children are not really old enough to be of help - destruction is a bigger concern!
But, I just haven't wanted to give up. This year, I started my seeds again and for various reasons - that was a big failure. Spontaneously one day, I stopped at Lowe's and bought a few starter plants that I now have growing in my garden.
For me, and this season in my life - this is definitely the way to strike a balance on gardening. The chances of success are greater considering what I can give. It's a great way for me not to give up on having a garden but to make it more manageable.
This is what balance is all about!
How about you? What needs balance in your life? Thanks so much for enjoying this series with me. I had no idea that I would have all of this to say this week - but obviously God had other plans!