Finding Balance and Rhythm in a Busy World

Young lady standing with bicycle on a sea coast and enjoying sunset

Are your body and soul out of sync?  Do you need to slow down so that your soul can catch up?  What can you to do restore balance in your life?  

Young lady standing with bicycle on a sea coast and enjoying sunset

There are a couple of words for time in the Bible that bear mentioning when we think about how we spend our days and hours.

“kairos” — time measured by events; special moments where life is experienced

“chronos” — time governed by the clock

Which would you say defines your life more? Personally, it’s easy for me to allow the clock and my tasks to define how I spend my time. I have trouble resting. I have trouble slowing down. Consequently, it often feels as if life is moving at lightening speed! I blink and another month or season is gone. What about you, does any of this resonate with you?

Jesus invites us to slow down. Take a look at the example he sets.

Jesus took time for rest. He withdrew to be alone. He prayed. 

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. -Mark 1:35

Jesus beckons us to come and find rest in His presence. 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. —Matthew 11:28-30

Come! It’s an imperative in the passage. 

Take! Take His yoke which is easy and light. Learn to find rest in His presence. Begin to mark the moments of your days in “kairos” time more than “chronos” time.

Here are a few ways you can begin to restore balance to the rhythm of your life.

Learn to REST:

Re-evaluate – your schedule, your priorities and your relationships. Is there something you need to say “no” to?

Energize – take time to rest, be still, renew your mind, guard what you take in, exercise, eat right.

Seek – spend time with God. Read and meditate upon His Word and pray about your day, your tasks and your time commitments.

Tell – give thanks and practice praise. Gratitude and praise change our perspective and our attitude. Practicing gratitude calms our mind, souls and spirit, and fills us with peace and contentment.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1

Would you be willing to entrust your time to Your Creator? 

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. —Colossians 1:16-17

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