We know work is important, but family is important to. These two priorities seem to compete for our time and attention on a daily basis. So how do you balance work and family?
Here are some keys:
Adopt the perspective that work is to serve your community, your family and the kingdom.
God blessed mankind with the nobility of work before sin entered our world. Work is good. With our intelligence, creativity, imagination, talents and gifts we can influence the world and make it better. God wants us to use everything he placed inside of us and work offers us the opportunity to develop our potential.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23
When you realize that your work is how you serve your family, you can disable the sense of competition between the two.
Carve out family time in advance.
It’s great to have a robust vision for you career, but it’s even more important that you have a robust vision for your family. Don’t give your family the left overs. Find things you love to do with your kids and your parents. Value relationships by scheduling nonnegotiable time together.
Get rid of things from your schedule that are not important.
Did you know that the average American spends over 50 hours a week on screen time? We check social media 17 times a day. We spend over 4 hours a day watching TV! This alone challenges the notion of not having enough time. The time is there when you make the decision to find it.
Embrace the creativity of “and.”
There is a tyranny to “or” but you can be successful in your career and in your relationships. Look for the creative “and” when you are evaluating your work and family schedules. Pat attention to the rhythms of your life.
Remember we all have enough time to do God’s will
In a world where people are over-worked, over-stressed, over-scheduled and flat out tired, this may be one of the most freeing statements you’ve ever heard. Every single one of us have enough time to do God’s will. If you feel like you don’t have enough time in your day it could mean that you are doing things God didn’t intend for you to do or you are doing things God intended you to do in the wrong way.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28