Monday, August 31, 2009

The Great Balance

It's been a while since I have posted. The reason? Well it's both simple and complicated...Time. My Wife and I recently had our second child and I thought that it was going to be a little easier than the first go round... It has not. I thought we would be able to put to use all the knowledge we had gained from the first child and then we basically would become parental machines. Like an auto-pilot parent, we would know why the new one was crying, we would know how to calm him down and.... We could still sleep (again because of all of our knowledge). I was wrong. I have to agree with my brother in-law when he said "Having two kids isn't harder, its ten times as hard and you are ten times as busy." This then leads me to the title of this post. B.A.L.A.N.C.E. How do we balance our families, our ministries, our jobs, our lives? I've noticed some things as I have tried to answer this question over the past month;
My house has gotten dirtier.
My trucks are not washed.
My lawn needs mowed.
I need a shower.
My faith has grown.
I love even more.
When I have 10 minutes with my wife alone, that time is more precious than gold.


Increasing the workload in your life seems to lead to some interesting conclusions. It shows you where your priorities are at. It shows you what you care about. Now I am not this shining saint of a dad, nor am I a "superman" of faith. I am simply a human being and a dad, and even though I desperately need some sleep I love every minute of it. (Well almost every minute.)


How do we keep our faith alive when our kids are screaming and we have to get worship ready for youth service?

How do we keep our Love burning strong for our spouses when we barely have minutes to spend with them?


How do we balance?

Matthew 6:33 - says to seek God first. This gives us the road map for balance. Put God first and all things will fall into place.

God... FIRST...

I am ever learning how to balance.