Redeeming your time
Boundaries are good but like all good things they can be an idol. “If I set and live by good boundaries than I will be healthy.”
Work-Life balance and a healthy pace is good, but it alone is not the answer.
If we don’t do the life long internal work of clearly establishing our identity and our worth in Christ it doesn’t matter how much or how little we work we will be a wreck.
If we do the internal work of establishing our identity and worth in Christ then we can tackle all of the challenges we face; we can live an integrated life where all our life is ministry but not all of our life is work. We can push through seasons of long days and weeks, we can do hard and scary things AND be healthy.
Establishing our identity in Christ is not a once and for all activity. Establishing boundaries is not a once and for all activity. The only way to wrestle with this is to do it simultaneously by making mistakes and making corrections. Continually working on living into the truth that we are God’s beloved while wrestling with pace.
Perfect balance is unattainable, undefinable and irrelevant if we don’t get our identity in the right place.
Boundaries are important but they have limited power on their own.
The King James Version of Ephesians 5 says:
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
I want to REDEEM the time more than I want to guard my time.