Balance

Without balance we fall down. With it, we are not easily knocked over. Being stable is not just desirable, but necessary.

Have you ever watched someone spin around and around until they made themselves dizzy and fell over? Then when they try to stand up they just stagger for a couple of steps and fall down again.

Do you know anyone that seems to live their whole life that way? Always falling down and, when they do get back up, never able to stay up very long? They seem frazzled all the time. Stability is not their middle name.

Understanding balance

To help you understand how this relates to your life we can look at a simple example in the physical world.

Any rotating component or assembly must be balanced to a certain extent. For instance, your car tire/wheel assembly, the internal rotating parts of an engine or an airplane propeller. If they do not have their weight distributed evenly they can do anything from being a minor irritation to shaking themselves apart.

So how is that controlled or adjusted? By either adding or subtracting weight at certain points. Then the component or assembly can operate smoothly throughout its entire operating range.

A car tire/wheel assembly is mounted on a machine to do this. It spins it at a certain speed to sense where the imbalance is. Then it tells you how much weight to add and where to add it.

Wouldn't it be nice if we had a machine to tell us humans where our life is out of kilter? Then it could show us what to do to correct the unstable condition and keep us from having an unbalanced life. The closest thing to that, as far as I have found, is a motorcycle. You may be laughing right now, but for me, I find that a nice ride on my bike can really help clear the cobwebs out. 

Why does it matter?

What's so important about this anyway? Is it really that big of a deal? I believe it is. Remember the example of a machine shaking itself apart. The same thing can happen in your life. It's something that most of us don't give enough attention to. Instability can compound and cause your life to shake apart. Not good.

We need to have stability in all aspects of our lives. If a person spends all their time doing a certain activity then other areas of their life will suffer for it. All work and no play makes Jack a candidate for the looney bin. Everything must be done in moderation.

If you are spending 18 hours a day at your job, you may want to reconsider how you schedule your time. I know there are exceptions. At one time I had to spend 70-80 days in a row out to sea and away from my family. We adjusted and handled it. Learned and grew from it. But I did not continue to do it all my life. You must give some thought to your use of time and adjust accordingly. Common sense please.

So how do we achieve a balanced life? Where do we start? By stopping the car for a while. You can't check the balance of the tires with the car going down the road at high speed. It must be brought to the shop and turned over to the technician.

I suppose there are many different ways people do this. There seems to be no end to the "magic methods" of getting everything right in your life. Personally, I have found the best way to stay balanced is to stay in the Word of God. I believe the Great Technician is Jesus Christ. He can fix any imbalance in anyones life if they will just spend time with Him.

If you will read and think about what you see in there, you can apply it to your life, no matter what you are going through. It is never out of date. Us humans are still the same no matter what some of the "monkey brained" people are saying. We all struggle with the same issues in life. Go to the source, the gold mine of knowledge. The Word of God.

So slow your "car" down and bring it in to the shop every day for a balance check. Open your Bible and spend time with the One that wants to fix your imbalances. He always has an opening for you. All you have to do is ask. The answer is always yes. 

Mitch Ferguson, May 2009 

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