Getting a Grip: Finding Balance in Your Daily Life

(Paperback - Jul 2005)
$7.99 - Online Price


How to gain traction when you re out of control. If you drive anywhere in the snow belt, you probably know the feeling: rear wheels fishtailing, steering useless, brakes ineffective you re out of control. The good news is, life doesn t have to be like a car on ice. Bill Hybels offers biblical insights and practical steps to securing a Christ-centered life that will get you where you want to go. Getting a Grip guides you toward wise choices and disciplined action in five vital areas of your life: your time, your health, your finances, your spiritual life, and your relationships. As you learn what the Bible has to say about each of these, you ll discover how able and eager Jesus is to help you obtain solid traction on the road of life. Interactions a powerful and challenging tool for building deep relationships between you and your group members, and you and God. Interactions is far more than another group Bible study. It's a cutting-edge series designed to help small group participants develop into fully devoted followers of Christ."


  • SKU: 9780310266051
  • UPC: 025986266059
  • SKU10: 031026605X
  • Title: Getting a Grip: Finding Balance in Your Daily Life
  • Series: Interactions Small Group
  • Qty Remaining Online: 15
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
  • Date Published: Jul 2005
  • Pages: 89
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Weight lbs: 0.31
  • Dimensions: 9.10" L x 5.96" W x 0.26" H
  • Features: Table of Contents, Illustrated
  • Themes: Theometrics | Evangelical; Theometrics | Mainline;
  • Category: STUDY GUIDE
  • Subject: Biblical Studies - General

Chapter Excerpt

Chapter One

Session 1

Getting a Grip on Your Life


A mother stopped at her parents' home for just a few moments to pick something up. While she went into the house with her two little children, she left her car running in the driveway. As they were coming back out, her four-year-old boy ran to the car, opened the door, climbed in the driver's seat and accidentally hit the gearshift lever. He put the car into drive and it ran right through the garage door of her parents' house. The mother stood in stunned amazement as she watched the car crash through the door. There was nothing she could do. It was out of her control. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Not many days later the woman's husband was driving the same car. He was dropping off a friend at home and his four-year-old son was sitting in the backseat. As the father was driving up the driveway approaching his friend's garage, he realized that he was on glare ice. He put his foot on the brake but realized it wasn't going to do any good. As the car slid closer to the closed garage door, he said to his friend, "I think we're in big trouble." A moment later they crashed through the garage door.

His little boy in the backseat quietly said, "It's okay, Dad, the same thing happened to me last week."

I remember the father saying to me, "Bill, it is hard to describe how helpless I felt when I realized I was on ice and that there was nothing I could do to stop my car from crashing through my friend's garage door. It was a horrible feeling. I was utterly out of control."


1 Describe in detail a time you experienced being out of control.

What feelings gripped your heart at that moment?


Read Genesis 1:1-27

2 How do you see God creating order out of chaos in the account of creation?

What do you learn about the character of God in this passage?

3 Genesis 1:26 says, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'" If human beings are created in the image of God, and God is a God of order, what do you learn about humanity from this passage?


Read Snapshot "An Honest Look at Your Life"


If you took an honest inventory of your life, you might have to admit that some things are not the way they should be. It is a rare experience to find a person who feels they have a good grip on every area of their life. Most of us struggle with feeling that parts of our life are out of control. If we portrayed our life on a pie graph and were to honestly plot each area, each of our diagrams would look different.

Look closely at a few examples of what some lives might look like:

Person 1 Person 2 Person 3

4 What observations can you make about the life of one of the people represented above?

5 Take a few minutes and create your own pie graph. Be sure it honestly reflects the levels of priority and commitment in your life. Think about where you are investing your time and energy at this time in your life. Some areas you might want to plot are: your vocation, family life, friendships, recreation, hobbies, spiritual growth, and commitment to developing physical health. Plot these and any other areas that are important to you.

What is one observation you can make about yourself by looking at your pie graph?

What surprises you as you look at this representation of your life?

6 What is one area of your life in which you feel you have a good and healthy grip?

What is contributing to this area being so positive?

7 What area do you need to get a grip on as soon as possible?

What is standing in the way of you getting a grip on this area of your life?

What needs to change if you are going to finally get a grip on it?

Read Snapshot "It's Time to Get a Grip"


We live in a day and age of delayed responsibility. We hear the ads say, "Buy today and don't pay for one full year!" Credit card use is at an all-time high. We plan to start dieting and exercising "tomorrow"-but we have had these plans every day for the last year! We forget that our actions have consequences, and that lack of action can have just as severe consequences. Waiting, delaying, and procrastinating make change only more difficult.

It is time for us to get a grip and face reality. Postponing the battle, delaying the inevitable, and waiting until tomorrow will never make things any easier. If we are going to experience order in our chaotic lives, we need to acknowledge the disorder. We need to admit that things are spinning out of control. It's time to get a grip.

8 In the coming five sessions we will look very closely at five specific areas in which you may need to get a grip on your life. Take a moment and assess your life. On the continuum below, mark where you are right now in each area:

My Schedule

Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

My Physical Health

Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

My Personal Finances

Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

My Spiritual Growth

Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

My Relationships

Spinning out I have a loose I have a good grip of control grip on this area on this area

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Identify one area of your life that your small group members can begin praying for you to grow and get a grip on in the coming weeks.

9 What is your strongest area right now?

How can your small group members help you celebrate the strength you are experiencing in this area of your life?


Time Inventory

Take time in the coming week to take an honest assessment of how much time you spend doing the following things:

Amount of time in Item: a week:

Work and work-related activities ________

Hobbies and recreational activities ________

Watching TV ________

Exercising and developing physical health ________

Being with friends ________

Time with your spouse (if married) ________

Time with children (if you have them) ________

Time reading the Bible and praying ________

Time in worship and with other followers of Christ ________

Other things you do: ____________________________________ ________ ____________________________________ ________

Personal "Getting a Grip" List

When we slow down enough to really look at our lives, the chaos can feel overwhelming. So many things are out of control that we just don't know where to begin. Take time in the coming week to identify two-three at the most-areas in your life where you really desire to get a grip. Write them down below.

Areas in which I want to get a grip:

__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________

Begin praying for God to help you look honestly at each of these areas, and for strength to begin reclaiming control in each area.



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