Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52, NIV).
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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!’ ”
As I read the words on the computer screen, I wasn’t sure if I had just received a sweet compliment or some badly needed correction – or both. The part about arriving at the grave in a pretty and well-preserved body was flattering, but the part about being thoroughly used up and totally worn out – well, not so much. My next thought was, “Boredom is highly underrated!” I suspect the truth lies somewhere in between, maybe around the area of balance.
Contrary to popular belief and the way that I have lived a great deal of my life, “balance” is not a dirty word. A busy life is not necessarily a productive life. A balanced life is a powerful life.
Being out of balance is not a good thing. When our finances are out of balance, we hear from the bank. When the washer is out of balance, it dances across the floor. When the tires on our car are out of balance, the ride is rough. But when our life is out of balance, disaster is just around the corner.
When I was in elementary school, firemen came to our school to teach us what we should do in case of a fire. I remember the drill clearly. Stop! Drop! Roll! Let’s apply that same drill to the area of balance.
Stop! When was the last time you stopped and took a hard look at your life? It is so easy to live each day just doing “the next thing” that comes along. The “one size fits all” approach about life plans is a mental trap. God has a plan for each life that is unique.
You are the only person who can be “you.” Build on your strengths. Accept your limitations and yield to the seasons of life. Get in the Word and ask God to show you His plan.
Drop! As you begin to discover God’s plan, drop anything that does not fit that plan. Learn to invest time instead of merely spending it or allowing others to steal it. Learn to say “no” without feeling guilty. We are all responsible for how we spend the time God has given us. Every morning we are credited with 86,400 seconds. No balance is carried into the next day and every night erases what we fail to use.
Roll! Roll away the burdens you are carrying and learn the value of resting in God. Every opportunity to worry is also an opportunity to trust Him. The promises of God will not break under the weight of any problem or trial you will ever face. Let God be God in your life and trust Him.
When Jesus was twelve years old, He traveled to Jerusalem with His parents for the annual Passover Celebration. As Mary and Joseph began the long trip home, they assumed Jesus was traveling with friends. When they realized Jesus was missing, their search found Him at the temple, teaching.
Jesus returned home with His parents and spent the next twenty years growing and maturing. Luke 2:52 tells us “Jesus grew in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and men.” Then in Luke 3, we see Jesus as He began His ministry on earth.
Don’t miss this important truth! Jesus grew mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and socially. His life was balanced before He began His ministry. You may be waiting for your life to just fall into place, hoping that the things you are doing will achieve balance. The opposite is true. A powerful life comes from a balanced life. Now is the time for us all to stop … drop … and roll.
Father, I am tired. My life is out of control and I need You. Please help me examine my priorities and live for Your glory. I choose now to trust You, knowing You are in control whether it looks like it or not. My faith is weak, Lord. Strengthen me to do what You created me to do.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
Do your priorities line up with God’s priorities?
What one change do you need to make today to have a more balanced life?
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