Everywhere we turn we’re being urged to find balance. In advertising we’re given soothing images of candles, yoga, exercise, places to get away, etc. etc. etc. But I’ve recently begun to ask myself if that is really what living a balanced life is all about. And I’ve come to a startling revelation.
A balanced life doesn’t look like we think it should.
I’ve come to realize that balance isn’t an exterior thing, it’s an interior thing. I don’t care how strict we are about planning a schedule, sticking to a diet, keeping up with exercise, even modifying our environment—times of chaos will erupt. We know this is true by experience, but more importantly by looking at the life Jesus lived.
As we march through the New Testament, we see that He has times when the crowds are pushing in, clamoring for attention. We see times when His followers disappoint Him. We even see times when He is faced with unexpected—in a human sense—death. On the outside, Jesus was the poster child for too much to do and too little time.
But on the inside, there was no chaos. There was only peace. That is where true balance originates.
He was a perfect example of living a life of balance. And that balance had nothing to do with what was going on around Him, much less schedule, diet, exercise or environment. It had everything to do with allowing God to direct His steps.
So as I launch full-force into the second half of the year, I’m going to make some changes. I’m looking to God for balance, not at what’s happening around me. Care to join me?
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 (NLT)