Do you struggle to find the balance between going above and beyond at work while giving everything you’ve got at home?
Those who say they have unlocked the secret to the myth of work-life balance may succeed at selling books, but not much more. The true key is not in finding balance but in living an integrated life. This means choosing to embrace the tension between honoring both work and family.
In his book, When Work and Family Collide, Andy Stanley writes, “You do your job. You love your family. It’s when we reverse the order that the tension escalates and the tug of war begins.”
This is not to say that you cannot love your job or what you do. When you’re at work, be at work. Show kindness to others and “do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14). And when you’re at home, be present. When you get home, leave your phone in the other room. Show love by talking about something other than work at the dinner table. Your focus demonstrates to others the things you love.