Take this Balance Checklist and begin to pursue balance before the summer ends and we are into another crazy fall season!
We need balance in our relationship with Jesus. Jesus is always adjusting the priorities and bad attitudes of his followers so we can become success stories of faith. He helps Mary and Martha to learn about prioritizing and permitting different approaches to serving Jesus in Luke 10:38-42. Martha works, Mary waits. Martha in the kitchen, Mary in the Living Room. Both were being hospitable to their beloved teacher, just in different ways. Jesus validates both actions, but corrects the attitude to show balance and joy in service. In relating to Jesus, we each must find balance of sitting/waiting at his feet and serving/working in the kitchen. There is a balance between being a monk and a missionary. This test may help get you focussed on where you need balance in your walk and work with God.
I found this Balance Checklist on page 182 of Joanna Weaver’s book “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World“.
Signs That You May Need More Time in the Kitchen
- Slight Depression. You feel a vague unhappiness, a sense of being down.
- Resentment of Intrusion. Rather than welcoming people into your life, you find yourself wishing they’d go away.
- Frustration over direction of your life. You feel a sense of purposelessness and sometime wonder, “Is this all there is?”
- Increasing self0indulgence. You feel an itch to treat yourself with favourite treats or food or shopping.
- Apathetic attitude: You find that very little moves you. You know your compassion level is low, but part of you just doesn’t care.
- Low energy level: Like the Dead Sea, you may have many inlets, but no outlets – and therefore you are growing stagnant.
Signs That You May Need More Time in the Living Room
- Irritability and Frustration. You find yourself snapping at people, wound so tight you’re about to “snap” yourself, and especially short-tempered with those you percieve as lazy or uncooperative.
- Uncomfortable with quiet. Silence makes you nervous so you are quick to turn on the TV or radio.
- Low joy threshold. It’s been a long time since you’ve sensed that undercurrent of joy and abundance running through your heart.
- A sense of isolation. You feel all alone – as if no one is there for you and no one understands.
- Increased drivenness. You’re haunted by a sense that you must do more and more. You keep volunteering for more projects and more committees, even though you know your plate is full.
- Sense of dryness and emptiness. No wonder! You have many outlets and demands, but no inlets or source of strength.
John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”Psalm 26: 2-3, “Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.”Psalm 90:12, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”