Trade-Offs

"In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job.  This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil…he was the greatest man among the people of the East." Job 1:1,3

I appreciate your patience these last few days.  With Rock’s surgery, Sam Hotchkiss in decline, Phil Darlage with severe pneumonia and a funeral service, I haven’t had much time outside of my regular work.  It gives a person pause but I wanted to get this blog off tonight before the weather sets in.  Check back with me for weather related alerts for church activities.

This pace got me to thinking about how people view success.  Some would say being busy is a sign of success.  Others would say finding time to pause is the result of success.  So I thought I would reference one of the most successful men on earth and we could both learn from him.

We tend to view a success person as one dimensional.  They are exceptionally skilled in their career or a wonderful parent and spouse or gifted in their spiritual calling.  It’s more difficult to find someone who  has all three at once.

Job was such a person.  He was aggressively and successfully engaged in commercial efforts, family priorities and spiritual passion.  He was a successful businessman, his family loved him, he was a well-respected member of his community and had an authentic, vibrant relationship with God.  Now this was a success in anyone’s book.

What struck me was that most people concentrate on one area of their life at a time.  They focus on their career and set home and church in the back seat.  They invest in the children and promise themselves they will be more active in their church later.

But here’s the point.  Such trade-offs seldom work.  There are ebb and flows in various areas of our lives to be sure.  We may not be at the top of our game in every area at the same time.  But we need to make sure that we are not focused on just one area of our life.  Neither can we settle for mediocrity in our work, family or walk with God.  As Job so aptly demonstrated, a successful life is an integrated life.

I will take a little more time this week to be with my family and to spend alone with God.  Being busy isn’t success.  Being balanced is!  I pray you will find that balance this week.

Michael

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