The Second Project: Stay balanced
Endeavor to maintain balance, for that is the definition of well-being on the river. This principle applies to just about every experience of life on the river, and certainly to marriage.
Keeping balance calls for flexibility and the willingness to make necessary changes and adaptations on the journey.
Listen to the ways your sweetheart tries to warn you that your life has gotten out of balance. Listen to the ways your own body is warning you. Listen to how tired your spirit is when your spiritual life is out of balance. And rejoice, for these messages are good news! Now you have the awareness that something needs to change, and with prayerful humility, you will be guided by the Holy Spirit to restore balance.
- In what ways does my life feel out of balance?
- How is that affecting my relationship with my sweetheart?
Strengthen your relationship:
Choose an area in your shared life that is out of balance. When was the last time you went on a date alone? Or what demands at work have been keeping you apart? Or do passive activities, such as watching television, outnumber quality time where you focus only on each other? Next: choose a way to restore balance and commit to it in a shared prayer.
Note: We are all on the river that is life. We do not control the river – Almighty God does! … At times the river can be challenging and frustrating. At times it can be difficult and painful, sometimes frightening and discouraging. And yet, the river also provides us with comfort and joy, solace and hope – strength! Our purpose is to go with the flow of the river and, with God’s help, gracefully respond to whatever it presents us on the journey. (Quoted from Frederick Lue, M.Ed., L.M.F.T., Marriage and Family Therapist)
When we see our relationships this way, we can gain new perspectives. This post is Part 2 of a 4-part series based on Dr. Lue’s four projects on the river for improving our lives and relationships.
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© 2016 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries