“Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God.” Romans 8:7
I’m preparing a retreat about balance for the women of my church–how to balance life and faith. While working on the material, it became obvious to me that one has to focus on self to get into balance with God. If we ignore the body, the mind and soul suffer. If we just dwell in the mind, the body and soul are ignored. And, we know it is impossible to live just a soul-life in a world full of opportunities to pull away from God.
A lot of my talk is about living intentionally. That means reacting less and becoming more purposeful in planning the day. As an example, if a worker rolls out of bed and does just the essentials to get dressed and out the door in time to get to work or school on time, he or she may be cheating the body out of a breakfast of protein, minerals, and vitamins needed to empower the brain and energize the body for the stress of the job.
What would happen if the worker got up each morning with the intention of stretching sleepy muscles and eating a healthy breakfast? It’s possible he or she would be more productive on the job and need to see a chiropractor less often. Adding a daily meditation moment (such as reading a page from Humble Beginnings or other great devotional resources) would improve the focus on God and less about the job.
Dear Lord, to balance our day by spending time on the body, mind, and soul. Amen.