The secret to work/life balance

February 12, 2020

Every working person has faced the universal dilemma of how to have a healthy work/life balance.

We’ve all felt this tension between our work responsibilities and our personal life.

Thankfully, there is an answer to this dilemma. It’s found in the way God has created a pattern or rhythm to life. We see it in Adam and Eve before the fall, and we see it lived out daily in the life of Jesus.

I bet you’re asking just what this rhythm to life is.  That’s a great question, with a God-given answer.

We have been created to work and be fruitful. And here’s the crazy thing—as much as we want to grow in fruitfulness, God wants us to grow even more. His design for what we can do is far beyond what we could even imagine. But in order for us to be as productive as God wants us to be, we must live in rhythm.

Picture it this way: Our life is like a swinging pendulum. At one end of the pendulum arc is rest, and at the other end is work. We can’t have one of these things without the other. The same goes for our growth and productivity. At one end of the pendulum swing is abiding, and at the other end is fruitfulness.

(is there is a graphic from the course we can use here?)

We see this rhythm in nature. Fruitfulness happens in stages. First a plan abides, like a seed in the ground. Then it grows. Then it bears fruit. Finally, it is pruned back, so the cycle can repeat itself. Abide, Grow, Bear Fruit, Prune.

The same thing happens for us. We rest so we can abide. Then we work out of this rest so we can bear fruit. Then we prune back our work so we can abide again. The pendulum swings back and forth, creating a rhythm of rest and work, of abiding and fruitfulness.

In our Designed For Business Learning Experience, we use a tool we call the Semi-circle to help us implement this pattern into our work and personal lives. I hope you will join us in this series where we will explore this and many other practical applications for your work and personal life.

Click here to learn more about how you can participate in the next Designed for Business Learning Experience session.

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