Thursday, October 17, 2013


I remember the impossible balance beam we had to master in my junior high school physical education class.  I would stand at the end of the line hoping the bell would ring before it was my turn to walk the beam.   Worse than the beam was the horse vault.  Oh my... We'd have to run, jump on the springboard and use our hands to jump over it.  Both tasks requiring balance, strength and focus.  Three qualities, all proven to be vital in life.

I also have a memory of driving down a highway in my early twenties.  Without warning, one of my tires blew out. With several friends in the car and everyone depending on my driving skills to bring us to safety, balance was a matter of life and death.

Balance in life requires more than just strength and focus, it also requires Godly measures.  The culture leads us more and more to think on priorities that, more often than not, do not bring about what we really need.  Tasks may not necessarily be sinful, however they do not bring us to a place of wholeness and purpose.  Unfortunately, sometimes we are not even aware that we are using the wrong gages.  It becomes evident when we are completely and totally overwhelmed, far from the peace God intends for us to have.

Balance looks differently for each person because each person has a different set of circumstances, ages and priorities.  However, in the end, it is gained through the same measure, His Word.  He has already written the recipe to living a balanced life.  Interestingly, many of us already know what to do, we just find it difficult to actually make the commitment to do it. Unfortunately, knowledge alone doesn't get the job done.  May His Spirit provoke a stir in our hearts to balance our lives His way. This is not only necessary for our own healthy living, but also for those who are following and imitating us.

In this "balance beam" called life, may we stop running from it, but towards it, knowing that He is there to spot us when we get a little wobbly and catch us when we fall.

"There's a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

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