Hi there. Gabe here. I'm the Technical Director for Missio Dei, and apparently today (for the next 20 minutes or so) I'm also a professional blogger.
Ryan Weber asked me to write a bit about work/life balance, and my immediate thought after was "I'm not sure I'm the guy you want to talk about this."
Let me explain.
I currently work in a career that requires long hours doing any number of different tasks. Video editing, graphic design work, running audio for any number of different services and events and other things that would take the rest of this blog post to explain.
I'm at work a lot.
I've been living that life for the last 15 years, and it's taken me to some pretty amazing and incredible places, and given me some pretty unbelievable opportunities. Along with those opportunities have come incredibly long hours and time away from my family and friends - it's just a reality of my job. I've learned a bunch of things along the way, but there's one major thing that I know without a doubt on this subject -
There is no balance.
I tried to pursue balance for a long time, and I ended up realizing that if you continually try to pursue balance it's never going to happen - you're just adding another thing to the pile of stuff that you're already trying to make achieve equilibrium. In the end of that pursuit came the beginning of a conscious choice - my time with my family was too important to be constantly cut short by work and other pursuits I had chosen. I set my priorities.
Instead of trying to pursue balance, pursue self awareness and communication with family and friends. Understand that part of knowing yourself is knowing where your lines and boundaries are - and knowing where your true priorities are (and need to be.) Life is a constant ebb and flow of moments - are you fighting them because you're constantly trying to be somewhere else (or achieve balance) or are you living them as they come, and being purposeful about where you are and where you choose to spend your time?
I mean, at the end of the day…how are you actually spending your time? How busy are you - really?
Take a look at the way Jesus lived his life.
Jesus chose His priorities and He pursued them.
Take a look at Luke 9 through 19.
Luke 9:51 - 53: As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem.
Jesus begins His journey to Jerusalem, which is chronicled in Luke 13, Luke 17 and Luke 19 - showing that Jesus chose His priority, and He stuck with it. Yes, He was interrupted along the way - and He chose to stop and share moments all along the road to Jerusalem, answering questions, healing the sick and ministering to people - but He set His priority and stuck with it. Jesus could have stayed for ages in different villages, doing all kinds of wonderful things - but He chose His priorities. He understands that He can't be everything to everyone - and He clearly understood what he was doing and that His priorities could not be set by the crowds around Him. Everyone around Him had an expectation of what He should be doing, but instead Jesus chose to follow the priorities that He had chosen and that had been set forth for Him by His Father in heaven.
So how busy are you - really?
Are you spending your time where it needs to be spent, or are you so busy trying to balance everything out that you're not really present anywhere?
Set your priorities.
Be present in the moment.