July 12, 2012 by Will Ray

The three themes at the top of the page are all big for me – Life. Ministry. Money.  Let me say right off hand, I’m not an expert in any of these!  One of the reasons that I started this blog was to further explore these themes and ideas within them. So when you stop by the blog, what are you going to see when I’m talking about Life, Ministry, and Money?

Life.  Kinda broad, I know; but I think now, more than ever, we need the proper tools and skills to navigate this life and get the most out of it.  As a Christian, I believe that many of these come from the Bible, but this is not going to be just a “Christian Living” section (though some principles may overlap).

With the rapid expansion of technology over the last several centuries that has improved the quality of life, life itself has become more complex and complicated.  This necessitates a better understanding of how to properly handle all the pressures that come with it.

Think of life as a juggling act (many people feel like this anyway).  Our ancient, ancient ancestors had harder lives, but less to juggle – maybe even just 2 things – survival (food and shelter) and relationships.  While food and survival aren’t big things we have to worry about now, we’ve kept relationships and expanded them exponentially with media and communication advances, then added career (another ball to juggle), community involvement (another ball), financial pursuits, leisure and vacation, a second job (the one you really hope to do), political involvement, PTA meetings, kids’ soccer games, a dog, an active church life, a gym membership, and 3 too many email accounts (all of which are all connected to your phone and go off all the time).

We undoubtedly have more to “juggle” than people in previous generations, all things that probably improve our quality of life, but only if we know how to handle them properly.  If you don’t know how to juggle them all, you start dropping the ball.  You know what that leads to – at best, embarrassment or bruised relationships.  At worst, depression, anger, broken relationships, divorce, addiction and many other awful things.

So what’s the answer to handling all this life has to throw at us?  That’s what I hope to explore.

Question: So what do you think is the answer?  How do we “juggle” all that life has to throw at us?  I’ll post about some of the best answers!


4 thoughts on “Life.

  1. Angelo Carpenter says:

    All I have to say right now is that I like it!

  2. Jen says:

    Will, Love the blog! I’m learning over the years that you don’t juggle or learn to spin more plates on poles so much as you prioritize who & what you invest in and then how you will invest. There two great easy books to read called “Juggling Elephants” & “Eat That Frog” that have helped me in these areas, along with tons of other books but these two are the easiest to wrap your head around.

    • Will Ray says:

      Good thoughts, Jen! I agree, and a big part of handling life throws at you is choosing not to juggle it all and drawing healthy boundaries. Agreed! Something we’ll explore and discuss more. Thanks!

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Youth minister, financial coach and part-time wedding photographer, based in Raleigh, NC

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