If we are not careful, we can make our ministries a god in our lives. The excellence factor may mean larger platforms and prime invitations, but we cannot allow ourselves to be distracted by the "fame" of ministry. We must keep everything in order and in perspective. Balance is not only an important element in dance, it is also important for our lives.
The more popular we become, the more tempting it is to accept invitations to dance when we should spend time with family or managing our personal affairs. Those back-to-back dance outings may lead to unwashed clothes and dirty dishes. Excessive telephone conversations to discuss the mighty move of God through the dance may mean fast food dinners and less time spent with our closest loved ones. Though there is no wrong in doing right, we must make sure not to forget about the importance of keeping a balance between life and ministry. Ministry begins at home.
Let us take a look at all of our activites and ask the Lord where we are struggling and need His help to fix. If this means that we may have to rehearse once per week for a longer time period instead of twice per week, this may give us some more time in another area. Too many time-wasting conversations, frequent tardiness, or lack of preparation before our gatherings will hinder our progress. True friends will understand the need for priorities and will not monopolize our time. We are constantly working towards balance and must always make the Lord the number one priority in our lives, and not the activities of ministry.
2 Samuel 15:16 (NKJV)
Then the king went out with all his household after him. But the king left ten women, concubines, to keep the house.
Proverbs 31:27 (NKJV)
She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.
1 Timothy 1:12-13 (NKJV)
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
1 Corinthians 7:33-35 (NIV)
But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world— how he can please his wife— and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world— how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.