Balance… it’s difficult. I’m certainly no expert, but when I married my incredible husband, we vowed to keep family first. The relationship with my husband is the most important earthly relationship I will ever have. We love to spend time together going for walks, visiting the driving range, perusing local real estate, and even just relaxing on our back porch. I am a big fan of quality time, but it doesn’t happen unless we make time for it.
At a conference a couple of years ago, I heard a speaker talk about not neglecting the roles that only you can fill. Only you are the husband or wife of your spouse. Only you are the mother or father of your children. I’ve also heard it said, “Only do what only you can do.” Think about that. You are not the be-all-end-all of your children’s ministry at church. You aren’t the only person who can minister to families. You aren’t the only one who can solve a problem or make copies or call volunteers. I’m not the only person on earth who can write CentriKid rec games or help equip staff to lead Bible study at camp. All of those roles are important, but I’m going to bet they are not things only you and I can do.
Check back next week for some practical tips for setting boundaries between work and family.