I was listening to the Focus on the Family radio podcast today and Richard A. Swenson M.D., author of In Search of Balance - Keys to a Stable Life, was using humor to diagnose our changing times. He mentioned that it was predicted in 1967 that by 1987 people would be working 22-hour work weeks. Now, that's funny!
Max Lucado said, "We're the only nation in the world with a mountain named Rushmore." Mary Pipher was quoted as saying, "If we let culture just happen to us, we'll all end up exhausted, addicted, broke, with a houseful of junk and no time."
Statistics can be sobering. For instance, there is no proof that a man has ever been shot while doing the dishes. Men, take note!
- 36% of Americans describe themselves as being rushed all the time.
- We're interrupted 202 times a day.
- We spend 8 months of our lives opening junk mail.
- We spend one year of our life searching through the clutter on our desk for misplaced objects. Most missing items are just 10 inches away.
- We spend 2 years of our lives trying to call people who aren't in or their lines are busy (or their just standing by the phone listening to us leave a message.)
- The average American gets 2.5 hours less sleep than 100 years ago. Some of this is due to the invention of electricity. In 1850 people got 9.5 hours of sleep a night.
- 50 to 70 million Americans have sleep disorders: 27% of Americans fell asleep while driving last year.
- Migraine headaches are up 60% since the last decade.
- Jennifer Glass, University of Iowa, discovered that it takes 20-30 phone calls in the average church to get the same number of volunteers it used to take 2-3 phone calls to get.
- 85% of Christians do their praying on the run.
There are some who feel that balance is unachievable in our hustle-and-bustle, often overachieving times. I strongly disagree. As a Christian, I strive for balance every day through the Word of God and by partnering with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit loves to interact with our days and ways. I wouldn't be surprised if he coined the phrase, "Work smarter, not harder."