Most of us have certainly heard the phrase Work/Life Balance. I have been to countless educational conferences and business seminars where this phrase has been mentioned. Keynote speakers and motivational speakers talk about how we all need to pay attention to our Work/Life balance. I’ve even had a few bosses along the way who have mentioned this phrase…just before they dump a pile of work on my desk!
This is an area that I’ve personally had to work on over the years. I have a tendency to take on too much work, too many projects and too many commitments. In the time since my family and I have moved to Sartell in 2001, I’ve gone back to school twice. Sometimes I find it hard to say no, so it is not my work that suffers. It is my life that suffers. More specifically, it is my family life that suffers. There have been too many times I’ve put everything else before my family. Now I am trying my best to make sure they are my highest priority. Thankfully, I have an extremely loving and supportive family.
In today’s Gospel (Mk 6:30-34), Jesus recognized how hard His apostles had been working. He gathered them together and listened to all they had been doing and all they had been teaching. He realized that their Work/Life Balance was out of balance. He knew that they needed time to rest in order for them to be healthy and happy. So he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
Ah! A vacation! That’s just what the apostles needed. As we find out in the next few versus of the Gospel, that “downtime” didn’t occur. People gathered in the deserted place and the apostles never got their needed rest.
Sometimes our plans don’t pan out either. But we shouldn’t quit trying. We need to ask for God’s guidance and strength to help us find our own Work/Life Balance. In fact, I would challenge that by saying we need to find our Faith/Work/ Life Balance. Without a focus on our faith, everything else will remain unbalanced.
We must keep our faith in the forefront of our lives. Whether we are at work, at home, on vacation, “up North,” relaxing in a chair, or spending quality time with our family and friends, we need our faith to guide us. Can we really put work or life as a higher priority in our lives than God? Where would we be if we did? Wouldn’t we all end up like the “sheep without the shepherd” that Mark describes in today’s Gospel?
I hope you take time today to think about the balance in your life. Are you giving the proper amount of attention to your work responsibilities? Are you balancing that with your family and life responsibilities? Most importantly, is your faith balanced in that mix? If not, pray that the Holy Spirit will help you find the equilibrium that you need in your life.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC