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Proverbs 16:1-3 The Lord wants us to reach our full potential—to become the people He’s designed us to be and achieve the tasks He’s planned for us to do. In our pressurized society, we need to have balanced schedules if we’re going to live according to God’s purposes. Consider the following five areas. When any is out of balance, our relationship with the Lord and others will be affected, diminishing our effectiveness as servants of Christ. 1. To develop our relationship with the Lord and receive guidance, our top priority should be to spend private time with Him each day. 2. Time with family and friends is also essential because relationships are such an important part of God’s plans for our lives. 3. The area in which we are most likely to become imbalanced is our work. Although the Lord doesn’t approve of laziness, He doesn’t want us to be overly consumed with our careers either. 4. If we are to accomplish the Lord’s purposes in our lives, we need to take care of our bodies, allocating adequate time for exercise, rest, and recreation. 5. The Scriptures also clearly command meeting together regularly with other believers for worship (Hebrews 10:24-25). While some people have limitations that hinder doing this, most of us have no excuse for being too busy for church. These general areas all need space in your life, but I cannot tell you how to allocate time for them. The Lord has specific plans for each person, and He is the only one who can accurately direct your schedule. Seek His guidance, listen for His voice, and make the changes He brings to mind.

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1 Sarah R = "Proverbs 16:1-3 (NIV)To humans belong the plans of the heart,    but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,    but motives are weighed by the Lord.3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,    and he will establish your plans."
2 Sarah R = "We work to fit in time for our kids and our spouses because we know that time is precious and valuable and keeps our relationships strong. Similarly, regular time with God is precious and valuable and keeps our relationship with Him strong."
3 Sarah R = "Only two things from this world will last into eternity: God's Word, and people. Therefore, we should spend our time investing in these two areas."