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Life in Balance

Posted by [email protected] on April 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Musing a bit here as I update the site with two recent bookings, one of which is a new senior living complex in Rockville, MD....

Does God ever say anything along the lines of, "Keepest thy life in good balance, being careful that thou not overcommitest thyself....."?  I can't recall seeing that specifically in His Word.  And I even checked "The Message" version.  Surely if the word "balance" isn't used that way in King James, it might be in "NIV" or "The Message".  (Insert giggle here.)

God does say, "do all things decently and in order" (I Corinthians 14:4), which certainly indicates maintaining order and decency in one's life, which certainly means being decent to family, friends, co-workers, co-volunteers and others by not having a chaotic life that causes them to feel pain or distress.

God does say, "whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).  A chaotic life spinning out of control or causing distress to others certainly does not bring glory to God.

God also says, "let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).  Hmmmm.  "RUN."  I find comfort in that word right now.  My life is full.  Bursting at the seems.  And I am grateful, though sometimes it's stressful.  I feel as though I am running.  Constantly running. 

When I ran daily for exercise, not too many years ago but many pounds ago, running was exhilirating.  I miss it.  I must get back to it.  There is a peace that comes with running...when it's controlled.

I'm sure that running from a pursuer, who intends to do harm, or running from other danger, is anything but peaceful.  But running a race that is planned, there is peace in that.  Sure, we may twist an ankle or get another injury that is not peaceful, but in general, a good run is great for the soul.

Our lives are planned out by the amazing and sovereign God, Who - in His sovereignty - gives us choices.  He has a path and plan for us.  When we choose to follow that plan, we have His blessing and His peace, no matter the load we may carry.  When we choose not to follow His plan, we pay the consequences.  The consequences of our disobedience....the consequences of our sin.

And so, I find comfort in that word "race" and in Hebrews 12:1.  Though I sometimes...okay, often....feel that I'm racing, chasing, and being chased, I rest in knowing that racing (a busy life) is fine as long as it is fulfilling God's will, not mine, which means it also serves my family and teammates well.  There's the rub.  How do we...how do "I"....ensure that?  By keeping close to the Lord in daily prayer and reading of His Word.  For me, that is most effective in the morning - it sets my day right - from the start.  Letting Him show me in His Word and through His Spirit what to do and what "course-corrections" are needed in my "run".  "Working out my salvation" (demonstrating it) daily (Philippians 2:12).  "Being transformed by the renewing of my mind" (Romans 12:2).  Indeed.  He continues to make "all things new".

"Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105).  That's how I can rest assured that I am following "HIS" planned run for me.  It's planned, and it's good ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28 ).  Now....gotta run!  :)

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