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Walking in Godly Balance

“Extremes are easy.  Strive for balance.”

  • Colin Wright

As the quote above implies, it takes a specific grace to walk in moderation.  It takes intentional discipline to live a life that is in balance.  Balance is defined as “a state of equilibrium; equal distribution of weight or amount; mental steadiness or emotional stability; a habit of calm behavior and judgment”.  Balance denotes order, structure, design and intentionality. 

I am not sure how or when but somewhere in our culture we have normalized imbalance and extremism.  We are overworked, overscheduled, not engaged at home, popping pills to go to sleep, popping pills to wake up, ministering to others while neglecting our homes, ministering to others while neglecting our own mental health, and the list goes on and on! This is not how we were designed to live.  We were created by our Heavenly Father to live lives that are a balanced expression of His grace in the earth realm. 

 

In accounting a balance sheet is a financial statement that summarizes a company’s assets, liabilities and shareholder’s equity at a specific point in time.  These three balance sheet segments give investors an idea as to what the company owns and owes, as well as the amount invested by shareholders.  It derives its name “balance sheet” due to the formula Assets = Liabilities + Shareholder’s Equity because assets on one side must “balance” or equal liabilities and investments by shareholders on the other side of the equation.  If either side of the equation is misrepresented or misstated, the structure (balance) of the balance sheet is thrown into disarray and mandates immediate reconciliation to resolve the inequity. 

Our lives are like a balance sheet with various components that must strategically interact in order for balance to be realized.  Structure and design have been knit into the very fabric of our humanity by our Heavenly Father enabling us to optimize our effectiveness specifically when we are living our lives in balance. 

One of the first ways that we live a life of Godly balance is to recognize the times and seasons that we are in and allow ourselves to function accordingly.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 lists specific seasons and times that are replete throughout the human experience (times of happiness, mourning, productivity, and even war).  The summation of it all implies an admonition for us to be fully present and in alignment with the times and seasons in which we find ourselves.  For example, being present during a time of mourning when we have lost a loved one allows us to embrace the human experience of sorrow and loss without discounting our spiritual maturity or feeling the need to appear hyper-spiritual.  That is balance. 

Still another way to live a life of Godly balance is to recognize God as the Sovereign Ecologist in our lives who is perfectly orchestrating and balancing things.   Ecology is the branch of biology that deals with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment.  An ecosystem is a biological community of interacting organisms and complex interconnected systems that must work together in order to facilitate its functioning.  A thriving functional ecosystem is said to be in balance when there are checks and balances on various entities within it to ensure maximum functionality.   Ecologists are tasked with studying and helping in the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.  God is the Master Ecologist, and His job is to ensure that balance is maintained within our lives.  If we had it our way we would eliminate all pain, stress, and hardship.  Getting rid of all hardship, however, would throw our lives out of balance.  We underestimate the value of the hardships that we go through failing to recognize that they bring great balance to our character.  There are those of us who have been through some hardships that can attest that we are stronger as a result of coming through said hardships.  What a truth we find in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Like a great recipe that calls for sweet and salty ingredients to make a delicious cake, God uses all things (good and bad) to perfect and balance us!   

I challenge you this week to aspire toward balance and watch your character expand for the better!

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