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Finding the balance

Faith & Inspiration

Working at home is dangerous. There's the refrigerator, magazines begging to be thrummed through, and suddenly the carpet cleaning can't wait another day. These are the sirens of the stay-at-home laborer.

I will make a list: Read a book. Call Dave G. to set up interview. Make dinner. Stop checking email fifty times! My mother said to lock the door and pretend I'm in an office. I know I need to treat this like a real job (Colossians 3:23). But suppose there's a friend in need; the good Samaritan was probably on his way to the office when he dropped everything. And Rev.Tim Keller extrapolates from the Trinity that if you're too busy tasking to pursue rich relationships, you will eventually wash up against the rocks of reality because relationship (not quarks or strings) is the basic stuff of the universe.

How much time should I leave for exercise (1 Tim.4:8)? Is one chapter of Bible a day enough? Is personal pleasure allowed while Rome burns? (I always get to the middle of Book Two in Mel Bay's Guitar Method and then get too busy.) Aimee asked for an apple pie, and I've been praying for creative ways to love her, so….

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I will need to find the balance of work, relationship, exercise, Bible, newspaper, and smelling the flowers. And most of all, I need to learn that even on the days I get the balance wrong, He loves me still.

Andrée Seu
Andrée Seu

Andrée is the author of three books: Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, Normal Kingdom Business, and We Shall Have Spring Again.

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