Remember the parable about the bad suburbanite who spent too many hours at the office and the good suburbanite who had a flexible work-from-home telecommuting arrangement so they could spend more time with his kids? No? Jesus didn't tell any parables like that. You would think the Bible has a lot to say about work-life balance. But it's hard to find passages that speak directly to the issue. In fact, the Bible doesn't make a dichotomy between work and life because in the ancient world, work, life and family life were often integrated, very much like my experience growing up on a working cattle & tobacco farm.
The problem with the work-life "balance" concept is the image & idea of two competing forces: one always prevails over the other, except for those rare moments when "life" and "work" are in perfect harmony. However, in Jesus’ own life, and throughout scripture, we don’t see “balance.” What we do see is rhythms or ebbs & flows of work, rest and celebration, all centered on loving God & others while expressing Himself.
Today, many of us seek “work-life balance” because we yearn to find not just balance in our lives, but also health, wholeness and joy. Millions of us are working so much that our lives feel off kilter or out of whack, our bodies tired, our spirits depleted, our souls drained, our relationships strained. Our challenge is not how to balance “work” and “life” so much as how to live a balanced, fruitful life that comprises healthy, blessed rhythms of work, rest and play.
This is my struggle & I know other are in the same boat with me.