See that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength”
If we’re pursuing excellence in our lives, we’ll be able to find balance. If we’re too busy doing things perfectly, we’ll find some areas lacking, because as much as many people consider themselves great multi-taskers, we can’t do everything well and something will have to give.
If we’re juggling careers, family, church callings and community volunteerism our plates might be too full. Which one will have to give?
From A Balanced Life, Brent L. Top said in 2005:
“It is easy to feel that to magnify our callings we need to be continually serving, leading, or counseling. However, it may be that we render more significant service and develop more substantive spirituality by having fewer meetings and activities. President Spencer W. Kimball urged the Saints to return to what he characterized as ‘quiet, sane living.’
In striking a temporal balance, we are often forced to make hard choices between many good and desirable things. For example, varied educational and cultural experiences can be valuable in promoting talents and growth in our children. Church and community service opportunities may provide us with rich and rewarding experiences. But even when considering such noble causes and activities, we must, as Elder Ballard counseled, ‘remember [that] too much of anything in life can throw us off balance. At the same time, too little of the important things can do the same thing.’ … Teaching our children how to live ‘quiet, sane,’ and balanced lives may be one of the most vital things we can do for them in these frenzied last days.”
We’re the only ones who can put our lives in order. We can get counsel from other people, but in the end we’re the ones who know what our limits are. We need to find that which gives us peace.
As always, we welcome your comments.
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