“It’s a balance.” I have heard this many times before and I’m sure you have, as well. My husband and I found ourselves focusing on this phrase during the annual covenant process last year. As our family reviewed our donations of time and financial commitments, it became obvious that there was not a balance between all the various priorities within our life. We discussed Proverbs 11:1, “A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, but a just weight is His delight.”
There are so many opportunities to give gifts of time and resources to various organizations. However, they need to be aligned with our beliefs. For instance, Brock and I have always helped out at our children’s school with both our time and our money. The temptation to accept offers to help with our children’s school, activities, and fundraisers were easy to do when specifically asked. But last year I had this moment where I noticed how many parents were helping out at school (including us), but how it was not the same at our church. Our intentions had seemed good in our endeavors to support causes and organizations that were aligned with our core values. But after taking the time to analyze what and where we were giving our time and resources, we became aware that some of our priorities were misplaced.
I told Brock that from now on I wanted our focus to go to Central, specifically to the Children’s Ministry. I felt God helped me see things more clearly and showed me how our family could play an important role going forward if we would draw closer to Him and His Kingdom. When I walked Brock through my thoughts, he couldn’t have agreed more! We want to leave a lasting impression on our children and help them watch and learn where their own priorities should be as they grow up. We couldn’t think of a better way!
The church family is such an important part of our life, so we needed to make sure we were focusing on supporting our church community with our original pledge of prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness. Therefore, we began 2016 with a renewed interest in deliberately finding this balance between the various organizations we support by giving the church its due priority when making decisions on how to help and improve the community in which we live.
As we wrap up 2016 and look into 2017 we must all ask ourselves: “Do we have balance?”