Balancing Spiritual Life and Professional Life

By Leslie Derrick

As a busy professional balancing my spiritual life and professional life can be a challenge. There are two distinct areas of spirituality that are important to me.

  1. Supporting Church ministries and my Church family
  2. Continuing to practice my spiritual life in my everyday life

I’m involved in multiple church ministries and would volunteer for more if I wasn’t a working professional.  The ministries I support I love and in turn they feed my soul.  There are times when I can’t attend a function or service when I really want to and there are other times where I should attend something but I am too exhausted because of a hectic professional schedule.  When this happens it’s a strong reminder that I need to slow down, take a deep breath and step back. At those times I’m moving too fast to even appreciate Gods gifts. I’ve learned to recognize the signals well and feel more empowered to say no to my professional life when it’s taking over my spiritual nurturing and growth. When my life becomes hectic I often think of Psalm 23:2, ‘He maketh me lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

The second scenario is less of a struggle for me personally which may not be the case for many.  You would think as your career grows your spiritual life might suffer.  As I grow in my career so does my spiritual life.  I don’t think I would be very successful in business if it wasn’t for my faith in God.  I rely on prayer as much as possible and listen to the word of God when I’m commuting to and from work.  The lessons I’ve learned from the bible, from my Pastor, my parish and from study are truly applicable to business.  Psalm 31:3 is one for my professional life. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

Job demands and spiritual life may compete to some degree but as soon as you learn to incorporate Christ into everything you do, you realize that you are ahead and there really isn’t a competition to be had.