two keys God has provided to help us stay balanced. Give God Your Time. Give God Your MoneyGive God Your Money

A Balanced Life Starts With Time and Money

1. Give God Your Time

The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. Who knows the power of your anger? For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. Teach us to number our days outright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:10-12)

The first step in prioritizing your time is OWNING the responsibility of your time. 

Whether it’s your spouse, parents, children, friend, or relationship with God, you own your time. Living a prioritized life starts with getting really clear on who you are, what God wants you to do, and then getting a sense of holy urgency and realizing life is passing.

Ask yourself what you need in every relationship so the Spirit of God can allow the love that you possess in your relationship with Jesus to come out of you and into that relationship.

YOU own the responsibility of your time. Get clear about who you are, what God wants you to do, and then tune into a sense of holy urgency and realize that life is passing.

Ask yourself what you need in every relationship so the Spirit of God can allow the love that you possess in your relationship with Jesus to come out of you and into that relationship.

Do you need to send your kids to the playroom after dinner so you can chat privately with your spouse? That’s a worthwhile investment. Or do you need to hire a local teen to care for the lawn so you can spend quality time with the kids over summer break? 

Take time for the important and avoid the tyranny of the urgent. 

The urgent is rarely important, and the important is rarely urgent.

Think about your long game — where do you want to invest your time? 

The urgent is rarely important, and the important is rarely urgent. Think about your long game — where do you want to invest your time?

2. Give God Your Money

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.(Ephesians 5:15-17)

I think Jesus couldn’t care less about your money. It’s all His! He certainly doesn’t NEED it. 

But your money reflects your values and your heart. It paints a very accurate picture of who you are and where you’re at in your life. Wherever your money goes, so too goes your heart. With every transaction, you’re communicating your values, heart, and life priorities. 

What does it say about God as your Provider when you purchase a car outside of your means? Who knows what He had in store for you!When you go before Him and complete a transaction without careful prayer and consideration, what does it communicate about harnessing His strength for contentment? If you have plenty and you overlook your brother in need, what does that say about trusting God that you can live with less? 

Actually, God loves you so much that He wants you to learn to give so that He can give abundantly to you! 

God wants you to learn to budget and say to Him, This is Yours — I want to be a good steward, so that you can richly enjoy the good things He wants to give you! Instead of feeling guilty about the night out with your spouse or the great dinner you prepared for your family, you can celebrate in gratitude because you know the blessings came straight from God’s hands. 

Isn’t that a beautiful way to live? 

You can experience a balanced life when you see these elements of time and money as gifts and protection and guides. The process of becoming balanced takes time, but with these tools — one for each hand — you will begin to see the peace and power and blessings of a balanced life. 

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