I think about balance quite a bit. Whether I’m trying to balance family, friends, work or teaching my kids to live a balanced life, it’s a never-ending pursuit. Household chores. Relaxing with a book or TV show. Pursuing God. Visiting with neighbors. Playing with my kids, talking with my wife. Catching up on work. These are the things to which I have bound myself. They probably sound familiar to you, right?
“A life without healthy boundaries is like a Bible that is not bound to a cover. The Word of God might get spread all over the place on a windy day, but it will be completely scattered and have no context to make an impact.” I had this thought the other day in connection to making a difference in the world. There are so many people eager to change the world, but lack a life bound to the means to do it.
I’m convinced that a life with some semblance of boundaries is how you get there. Christmastime is a ripe time to see the lack of boundaries we have. Over-booking the social calendar, over-eating, serving the least only during one season of the year.
As we start our journey into Advent, look at your boundaries. Are you too closed off to people or opportunities that could lead to change? Or are you on the other extreme where you’re scattered but not really making a real difference? Slow down this Advent. Reevaluate what you are bound to doing and cut away anything that you need–or add something that’s missing.