Balancing Act

Psalms 119:133 – Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

I visit the YMCA a few times a week to jump on the Elliptical in an effort to keep this aging body in some working order. It’s somewhat of a “Hamster treadmill” in that you’re pretty locked in to what you’re doing but it’s a pretty stable machine. However, if you take your hands off the machine and “run in place” you must balance yourself while “running”. This is not real hard to do, but close your eyes and wow! you’d think you were on a completely different machine. Actually, just close your eyes while you’re walking and see how fast things change for you. I’m guessing you’ll lose your balance pretty quick. Once we lose our sight our balance is all out of whack. It takes a lot of adjusting to learn to balance again without our sight.

The same can be said for our lives. With all that we have going on it’s very easy to get out of balance. In fact, we often use that exact term to describe our lives. When things are going crazy how do you regain your balance? Where is your center and what do you turn to that takes you to that place of peace in your life? Is it a bottle? Is it something as harmless as TV? Do you escape with a book? When we are burning “both ends” it’s so easy to try and escape with something that is probably not the best thing for us, but feels good right then and there.

The true center of our lives should be God and His Word. When we speak with God on a daily basis we’re able to deal with the little things that can throw us into a tizzy. When we center our lives on Him, all things seem to stay in balance just a little bit more. His Word centers us on what’s really important. When life wants you to perform a balancing act, center yourself with the Lord!    

Psalms 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.