It's fall, y'all! This time of year welcomes a sense of reflection. As the weather shifts and the leaves change color, it begs us to consider our own daily rhythm. If you're being honest, how is your work/life balance? Are you happy? Stressed? Perfectly content? Confused as to how you should be feeling? We've got you!
Today we're diving into this topic of work/life balance and seeing what God has to say on the subject. It's tough to keep Him at the center of everything, and yet, it's what we're called to do.
Here are some Bible verses to help structure your day and feel at ease in a quickly changing, fast-paced world.
Peace Through Prayer at the Forefront
"The Lord gives strength to his people, and the Lord blesses his people with peace." ~ Psalm 29:11
We're always looking to see what God has to say about the pressing issues of our day. In particular, what does God think about the get-up-and-go hustle culture of today? He cares deeply about how you spend your time, and naturally, your work and rest falls into this.
First of all, it's important to distinguish that the works-based, productivity-obsessed culture in which we find ourselves in can be toxic, if not properly considered. Being busy with thoughtful activities for God's kingdom and our own enjoyment are good things, but being stressed and overwhelmed is not God's vision for your flourishing, LiF sister.
Know that you are fully whole, fully loved, regardless of your output.
Consider this verse from Ephesians 2:8-9, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." You don't have to earn that level of income or cross those career goals off your bucket list in order to be fully loved and made in the image of God. Christ's saving work on the cross is what makes our faith so readily available to us.
With this at top of mind, we can move about our day from a place of deep inner peace. We will never work hard enough or smart enough to earn our place in heaven, alongside Jesus. Our sins have already been paid by our Savior.
Invite God Into Your Day Job
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." ~ Colossians 3:24-25
This verse pretty much sums it up. Knowing you're fully loved and forgiven by God, you can invite Jesus into your daily work/life rhythm. View your work as a sacrifice—a daily offering of your time and skills to God, used to further His kingdom. Whatever you do, wherever you do it, you are serving the Lord.
Oftentimes when I chat with other Christians, they view their work as some part of their life that's completely separate from God's dominion. They don't bring their work woes, requests, or wins to God because they've subconsciously accepted that He somehow doesn't care about this area. In reality, this couldn't be farther from the truth.
I implore you to invite the Holy Spirit into your work life.
When you do this, you'll be more at peace, more sure of yourself. One of the greatest pitfalls of our current age is being overworked, with a nonexistent work/life balance. God wants you to be well-rounded, at peace, and joyful. Again, you aren't just some sort of productivity machine, expected to pump out projects and deliverables without any sort of rest.
As Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus deeply cares about your rest, your work, and everything in between.
To read more on our thoughts on the importance of Sabbath and rest, check out this blog post.
Do Everything With Intention
"Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain." ~ Philippians 2:14-16
This one's easy to say, but so hard to actually practice, right? Amongst all the to-do's on your list, it's hard to remain calm, happy, and hopeful. There's the temptation to be bitter, jaded, and detached. However, this verse reminds us how we are called to do everything with intention, to view everything as an offering to the Lord.
When you commit yourself fully to your work and do your very best, you can clock out of your workday with zero regrets. That's the peace of mind we've all been looking for, thus ushering in the work/life balance we're speaking of.
Of course, there will be days where you try your best and things still don't work out. There will be days when your best efforts won't solve your 9-5 problems, and that's okay. What matters most is that you are being honest with yourself, honest with God, that you tried your best and served Him throughout the process.
- Before you even into this discussion of work and rest, you must understand how deeply loved you are by God, and He wants you to be at peace.
- There's nothing you can do to earn God's grace or forgiveness—that work has been accomplished by Jesus on the cross.
- There's an amazing opportunity before you to invite Jesus into your work life, and when you do that, you'll have a healthier work/life balance because the Holy Spirit is influencing your life.
- Whatever you do, do it with a loving attitude, just as Jesus would.
A Stylish Reminder to Be Still
I hope you can walk away from this blog post feeling refreshed, LiF sister. No matter what you do, you are so loved, so known, so forgiven. You are so much more than your day job—you are a beloved daughter of God. If you're looking for even more inspiration from Scripture to get you through the workday, check out our Christian t-shirts! We're always updated our shop with the cutest, most empowering styles featuring faith-based truth.