Our spiritual well-being is important to five aspects of our lives: social/interpersonal, emotional, physical, vocational and intellectual.
For example, Martha’s emotional well-being (worried and distracted) was most likely connected to her physical well-being (perhaps she was tired), and instead of dealing directly with her sister Mary (representing social/interpersonal well-being), she created a triangle by going to Jesus and talking about her sister.
Sometimes it is easy to know when our lives are out of control. At other times, it takes an event or a loved one to make us see our lack of balance. Pray for guidance as you ponder your balance.
Today we observe the fourth Sunday after Epiphany. This message was adapted from “Act Boldly with Balance” by Sue Ann and Ron Glusenkamp, a three-month summer Bible study that appeared in the June 2006 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine. You can download this and other three-month Bible studies here.