Answers from Angela — Finding a Balance

Lean not on your own understanding but upon the truth in God's word.

Lean not on your own understanding but upon the truth in God’s word.

TODAY’S QUESTION ONE:

Dear Angela,

Today I almost walked away from my job which I dearly love. I am so frustrated with my boss. Fifteen minutes before quitting time he handed me an hour project, which he had forgotten about, and said he needed it for an eight o’clock meeting tomorrow morning.

Lately this last minute rush job request has become almost a weekly event.  Frustrated

 

• – • +• –•

ANGELA’S ANSWER:

Dear Frustrated:

It sounds like you are being asked to go the second mile a bit too often. Jesus said if they compel you to go one mile, which the Roman soldiers could legally do, go with him two. Since you like your job, I presume you like your boss. I suggest you have a heart to heart talk with him.  Let him know you are on his side and want to help him succeed, but if possible, you would like more notice on projects he needs immediately. If you are not paid overtime, ask if you could have comp time. An hour or two before you leave ask him if there are any special projects he needs before you leave. There is another way: an attitude adjustment and I don’t mean happy hour. Jesus modeled a servant heart. With a servant heart you can do your work as unto the Lord. It will keep you from being angry or bitter about extra work. The Lord looks on the heart and He will reward you.




TODAY’S QUESTION TWO:

Dear Angela,

Why does life have to be so hectic? We have a big house and five kids ages two through sixteen. Soccer, Girl Scouts, piano lessons, remodeling the kitchen, P.T.A., Women’s Bible study, laundry, walk the dogs, weed the flower garden, etc.

Help, I am beside myself, and I simply want to curl up and do nothing! Overwhelmed

 • – • +• –•

ANGELA’S ANSWER:

Dear Overwhelmed:

I, too, faced this situation when my children were young. The Bible tells us to Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. (Mat 6:33) Seeking God early in the day for prayer, Bible reading, and thanksgiving will give you the inner peace needed to cope with the demands of your day. If getting up early isn’t possible, set aside some time during the day to get your daily bread. Jesus gives us His peace, which is not like the peace the world gives.

Enlist your children’s help by giving them chores. Allowances or special privileges can be contingent upon getting their chores done on time. Give positive reinforcement. Can your 16-year-old do some of the driving to and from lessons and Scout meetings? While you’re feeling overwhelmed, learn to say “no” to requests for your help at PTA, garage sales, etc. Make a “to do” list each day with only items for that day, and check them off as they’re done. Letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. (Romans 8:6)



Please check the ABOUT page for more information on this Biblical-Based Advice Blog.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s