by Matt Kleinschmit, HBAL President
Balance: steady state on narrow base
A few weeks ago, I found myself having a parenting moment when I walked into the house and found one of my children playing video games. Certainly there is nothing wrong with someone checking out on occasion, however I noticed other responsibilities were beginning to be ignored.
My child denied this fact and assured me all was in good order. Not happy with the response, I pressed on and requested a list to be put on paper identifying all things that were needed for their life to be in balance. After great hesitation, I was handed a list that looked something like this: school/good grades, clean room/clothes, spend time with family, have a good relationship with God, enjoy free time, uphold a good paying job, spend time with friends, exercise/eat healthy. By asking for a list on paper, I think their eyes were opened and they began to realize they were overlooking a few things.
Feeling proud about my parenting moment, I started thinking about the balance of my own responsibilities. Humbly, I must admit my own daily routine was off (work late, eat dinner, fall asleep on the couch). Painfully, this realization led me to circle back to my child and express that I also needed some self-correction.
Reflecting on the conversation with my child, I now realize with a steady balance of one’s daily routine, time can be set aside to achieve the greater goals in one’s life that will account for something on judgment day. I once read, “Many people feel as if they’re adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don’t seem to get anywhere worthwhile.” When I read this, I am reminded of the things I feel God has been asking me to do: visit the elderly, help kids build a relationship with God, spend more time in prayer. Please pray for me to keep a good routine and to give me strength to accomplish God’s Plan for me.
In closing, I hope you take a moment to think about the goals you want to accomplish in your life span. May my prayers bring the graces you need to achieve your daily balance and to help you to stay focused on your goals.