Jesus was the most balanced individual the world has ever known. In fact, that is part of why he came - to show us how to manage the tricky balance between work and worship, between what we do and what we are. [pg. 176]
Every time I read this chapter, it settles deeper and deeper into my thinking.
Of all the chapters, I believe this is one of the most important because here Joanna discusses what having a Mary Heart in a Martha World might actually look like.... practically speaking.
She points out that although we may think this is achieved through a tricking balancing act - trying to hit that perfect but small target.....
The act of balancing work and worship is a constant back and forth. Our days should encompass both duty and devotion.
.....the balance between Living Room Service and Kitchen Service more often resembles the up-and-down, back-and-forth motion of the teeter totter than it does that fleeting moment of synchronicity. [pg. 181]
Some days it is hard to know which is up. A day can get started and before I know it, it is almost done. There was no back and forth between work and worship, in fact I wonder if I was even on the teeter totter to begin with.
I really like the Balance Checklist Joanna includes on pg. 182 and 183. I have used that several times to assess which end of my teeter totter should be in the air.
But of all the things Joanna writes in this book, the most impactful thing for me was the section on Sabbath Rest.
Josh and I have been church goers our whole marriage. After reading Joanna's three aspects of Sabbath-keeping, I realized that although we went to church on Sundays - it had very little to do with the Sabbath.
First, the Sabbath needs to be different. [pg.185]
For us, Sundays weren't really different than any other day of the week.....except that they were more stressful.
We were not treating Sunday as a much needed day of rest - for us it was a catch up day. Every weekend, we try to prepare so that Sundays can be restful.
It is still hard with our two boys to try and settle in to the day so that we can rest, but we know that in order for the remaining days of the week to have a chance at balanced work and worship - we must purposefully put this time aside.
One thing that is a daily choice for me is to hand it all over to Jesus - I work so hard to operate out of my own strength and wisdom......thankfully, there is grace.
The secret to balancing worship and work, devotion and service, love of God and love of people is maintaining our connection to Jesus Christ. [pg. 190]
This week we are called to once again to connect with Jesus through God's word and prayer - this time seeking His balance for our lives. Let's be intentional about stopping the balancing ACT and work toward moving back and forth between work and worship.
Let's talk about it.....
If you feel led, please comment below. We will focus on this chapter all week, so please jump in any day you find time. Also, please feel free to respond to others who have commented, let us encourage each other.
What spoke most to you from this chapter?
I look forward to hearing form you :)
* All quotes mentioned above are noted by page number and are taken from 'Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World' by Joanna Weaver.
** Find out more about Joanna's ministry and how to purchase her books here.