Well! We’re at the end of the Balanced Challenge, and it’s time to reflect and figure out where to go from here.

My favorite quote from today’s chapter of Balanced is this:

“A quest for balance leads to frustration and exhaustion. I never have a day when I achieve the perfect balance of work, family, God, and friends. It’s impossible. There are always interruptions. If we are working with real-life people, we cannot schedule or time as if we were simply sitting at a computer all day.”

How true that is! In the middle of writing this post, I had to leave the computer to clean up a toddler who had gotten into his older sibling’s paint. Things are always going to happen! So what am I going to do from this point on?


I’m going to just keep at it. I’ll never get it perfect, but I don’t have to. That’s what grace is for, right?

There are three things in particular that I’m taking away from this challenge though.

Just do the next thing.

When life is crazy and I’ve got way too much to do, I’ll get more accomplished if I focus on doing the next thing. And if I use all of those extra minutes here and there, I’ll get a lot of the “next things” accomplished!

Love God and show His love to others.

Coming up with this mantra is going to help a lot. As much as I love lists, I don’t always have time to read my lists! This is simple and easy to remember. If I keep in mind that this is what I most want my life to be about, then my attitude and priorities can’t help but be affected in a positive way.


The God of hope is writing my story.

Writing down my list of eight life themes and realizing just how much of my life has been about learning to hope in God was exactly what I needed to hear at this point. Seeing that list, and seeing what God has already doneā€¦ it took my breath away. I wish I could say something incredibly profound about it, but this is one time that I can’t find the words.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Balanced challenge as much as I have! Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite post from the challenge was!