SCRIPTURE: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven… a time to embrace and a time to refrain… time to keep and a time to throw away….” — Ecclesiastes 3:1,5,6 NIV
What does it mean to have balance? Balance is a term used to describe a desirable attribute of human life in more recent decades of striving to have it all. We are encouraged to eat balanced meals and to balance the checkbook. But how does one obtain balance in life, and why should she care. Balance is most synonymous with equilibrium, which the dictionary defines as: 1) bodily balance, 2) emotional stability, 3) situation of balance, 4) balance between forces. We can gain several insights about balance from all of these definitions. As with bodily balance, life balance requires strength, focus, and a sense of our positions relative to the world around us. Describing equilibrium as a “situation” reminds us that balance is a state. It is a condition that requires our attention and effort to sustain. We all encounter a variety of “forces” at work, home, or in any situation, and it’s up to us to choose which ones we move with.
The other day I used the gym’s Tread Climber for aerobic exercise. It had a split treadmill, such that the left and right sides moved in vertical opposition to each other in response to the weight or force I gave it. I found it difficult to keep my balance without holding onto the rail. When I attempted to walk freely, I had to concentrate and focus intently. When I let my mind or eyes wander from my target, I began to stumble. My speed had a great deal to do with it as well. More strength and focus were required to maintain balance at higher speeds.
We mostly relate balance to how we spend our time. We are out of balance when too much time is devoted to one activity at the expense of another. Scripture tells us “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity.” Focus on God’s priorities for you to achieve your balance. You cannot expect to maintain perfect balance, but you increase the peace and joy balance brings when you make Higher Choices about which forces you allow to move you.
A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)
Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.
|1. What areas of your life receive too much focus & which are somewhat neglected?|
|2. What forces have you allowed to move you out of balance?|
|3. What can you do to maintain your focus and walk more freely; balanced?|
|Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.|
|Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.|