You read a great deal these days about living a balanced life. Many sociologists and counselors emphasize the need to have balance in all areas of your life. And many people are realizing that there is more to life than just making a living. It is important to put attention on the important relationships of your life, to take care of yourself physically, and to stay mentally sharp. In fact, many are even emphasizing the need to pay attention to the “inner man.”
Long ago, Jesus gave us the pattern for a balanced life.
"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men."
(Luke 2:52 NIV)
The perfect example of a balanced life!
This passage illustrates the perfect example of a balanced life. Jesus developed mentally and physically — grew in wisdom and stature
. Our minds are a wonderful gift from God, and we need to keep learning all of our lives. Read widely, talk with those who know more than you do, keep up with events in our world. That is one of the secrets to living a rich and full life even into your golden years. Take care of yourself physically. Exercise, eat right, and get enough rest. You will find that you are healthier and more productive.
Jesus grew in his relationships — favor with men. Spend time with the people that matter to you. Invest time in your family. Work at nurturing the relationships that matter. And Jesus grew in his relationship with God — favor with God. Cultivate this relationship. You will be incomplete without it, and it will bring depth to the other areas of your life.
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