How Do We Find Balance?

How Do We Find Balance

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text: Shelly Tiffin


It’s that time of year. The crazy chaos that ensues as a school year starts returns for a final knock out at the end.

When so much is demanded of my time, balance seems necessary. It doesn’t matter what the time of year, but when school, kids, or work are demanding so much that the other areas of my life are lacking, I feel “out of balance”.

However, the term balance, as used in western society to juggle chaotic schedules, is not in the bible. When searching for the term balance in all English versions of the Bible only 4 scriptures containing the term are found, and all are referring to a tool used for measure.

Proverbs 11:1 says “a false balance or scale is an abomination to the Lord.” Balance in this verse is referring to tool of measure and a false scale as in one that would steal from people. But, if the term balance here referred to the measuring of time as we divide it up and prioritize it, I believe it still applies. When we divide up our time and name each segment, we find that God usually has the smallest piece. He’s the one we’re stealing from.

How do we find “balance” then?The only way to balance life is to tip the scales in God's favor

The only way to “balance” life is to tip the scales in God’s favor. Tweet That


God wants all of me.


When God Gets All of Me, everything else gets the best of me

When God gets all of me, everything else gets the best of meTweet That


I have yet to find in the Bible anywhere that states it’s okay to be busy as long as God gets equal time. And if that was the case, I would argue that in most lives, equal time for God would be a long stretch from the time He gets now, including mine.

Over and over in scripture we see an “all or nothing” approach to life.

  • God wants all people to be saved, not some, or just enough (1Tim 2:4)
  • With God all things are possible (Matt 19:26)
  • We are to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our strength (Duet 6:5)
  • We are told to forsake all, or consider all we will give up to follow Jesus (Luke:33)

What does this mean for me?

It means when it’s a season where my kids are taking up most my time, I embrace it and give them my all while other things wait. If it’s a time where work or the work God has for me is priority, then it gets my all, even if my family must sacrifice.

It means that I start my day with God, walk through my day with God, and end my day with God.

It means I allow God to dictate my to-do list, and it means He accomplishes the list through me.

We are a busy people, but “balance” is not the answer.

What does a “balanced” life look like to you? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Camilla

    Balance to me is when you feel that all parts of your life are being fed in a healthy way and work so the wheel of life so to speak can easily move. If one of the areas is not and we spend too much or too little time on it the equilibrium is off and like any wheel it won’t turn without extra effort and energy.

    • Shelly Tiffin

      The visual I get here is a lopsided wheel. :)

  • Christina

    Balance for me is keeping work at work and not letting it slip into my family life.

    • Shelly Tiffin

      I agree! And that even speaks to the “all or nothing” approach. When I’m with family, I’m 100% present. When I’m at work, I’m 100% present. Drawing lines like this is hard, but very important for me to do.