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August 12: Equilibrate Your Life

By Bassey Ekong
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Some people don’t want to focus on a specific goal because they fear their lives might not be well-balanced. They say things such as these: “I don’t really want to go after anything in particular because then I will be closing off other options,” “I don’t want to become too narrow, or “If I become too serious about something, I might miss what I really want to do in life.”

The problem is that people will say things like these for, say, forty-five years and never end up doing anything! What they call a pursuit of balance is really an excuse for not making a decision. They end up being average, mediocre people. True balance is the maintenance of equilibrium (stability) while moving toward a destination.

A good example of this truth is the way a ship functions on the ocean.

A ship always needs to maintain its balance. Wouldn’t it be a waste of precious time and fuel, however, for a boat to expend all its energy just trying to balance on the water so that it wouldn’t tip over? Some people live for sixty-five years, seventy-five years, or ninety years just balancing. Yet balance is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end. A ship keeps its balance as it makes its way to a specific port. Likewise, we need to have a destination while we’re maintaining balance in our lives. Note: Balance is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end. Equilibrium is a necessity in all aspects of our lives and endeavors. You must have to maintain balance in your spiritual, employment, family and even social life demands. Failure to achieve it can move you into a tailspin until you drop and become a failure. If that happens you have disgraced the name of the Lord God you say you serve. Think about it!

Let’s pray: Father, please help me to keep my conviction about my vision strong. I want to have a balance in my life, but I want to do so as I move forward boldly in Your purpose for my life. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Today’s reading: Psalm 84-86; Romans 12

Balance and Growth Must God Together.