What does a balanced life look like?
I honestly couldn’t tell you, because I don’t have one.
I used to think that my life had to be balanced. That I had to have a set schedule. That I had to have everything together.
Being in college has forced me to realize that I don’t have to have a balanced life, and certainly that it’s nearly impossible to have one.
If I told you my priorities, showed you my calendar, and then you saw how my days actually played out, you would be very confused. But that’s okay, because it used to confuse me too.
I used to think because I couldn’t “get my life together” that I was a failure. I thought I was doing everything wrong and I didn’t know how to suddenly start doing everything right.
My top priorities in life include spending quality time with Jesus, doing my schoolwork, and living a healthy lifestyle. However, those priorities don’t always make it into every day of my life. It stinks to say that, but it’s true.
There are days when I don’t open my Bible. There are days when I don’t open my backpack. There are days when I don’t workout.
…and I think that’s okay.
Life isn’t about checking things off of a to-do list or having enough time to do everything or beating yourself up when your day didn’t go as planned.
Life is about recognizing what’s important to you and finding purpose in everything you do.
Life is about waking up every morning and handing your day to God.
Here’s the prayer I pray every morning before I even get out of bed or check my phone:
I give my day to You… do whatever You want with it.
Give me opportunities to glorify You. Create divine appointments.
Give me strength and energy to get through this day.
I can’t do this alone.”
I’m not saying it’s bad to make plans and have to-do lists. I have both of those, and they help me immensely. I’m simply saying that when we hand our days over to God and live to glorify Him, we don’t need to worry about having a “balanced” life. God works through the chaos, stress, anxiety, and fear. He’s glorified in all of it when we let Him take the wheel.
God’s plan for your day may not be the same as your plan for your day.
We gotta listen to God and be intentional.
Through that, we’ll make memories.
… and REALLY live.