Chapter 13: "Health Through Balance"
- He brought out a good point that excellence is often only seen in one area. Recent examples: Tiger Woods- outstanding career as golfer, horrible failure in family; Aaron Hernandez- successfully football career so far, charged with murder; Jack Schaap- much influence in ministry, committed criminal adultery. We may achieve the "success" we wanted in an area, but realize at that moment that we also achieved an alarming failure in other areas.
- We, as preachers are susceptible to this temptation of imbalance because we have a desire to be used by God and to see Him work through us. It is easy to want to be a successful preacher and focus on that to the exclusion of other responsibilities.
- His explanation of priorities was helpful for me. He said that when we talk about time, we do need to list things at times. However, in general, he said we need to look at priorities as a wheel: God is the center and the other things in life are the spokes. If we just look at a list, we would always choose spouse over work. If we always choose that, we will be looking for another job (or our spouse may want to!). However, with the "wheel" concept in mind we will realize that 1) everything is anchored in God, and 2) each area will have its time when it is chosen over other areas.
- "Balance cannot be achieved unless we are willing to say No." (Page 189) BOOM!! Who else is in the process of learning so say this little word?
- When trying to balance things, we cannot simply say, "I'm going to start doing this, this and this, and then I'll be balanced." Right now, our time is already being used. In order to add things, we most likely will need to take away things first. That is the hardest part, in my opinion, because we see the importance of everything we do. However, we may need to set aside some "little rocks" to get the "big rocks" in.
I've had my say, what say you?
Discussion on Chapter 12
Discussion on Chapter 14