I have been reminded of a word recently. Perhaps it is the most important word in practical Christian living. The word is “BALANCE”. Balance is an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady; or a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions; or as a verb, keep or put someone/something in a steady position so that he/she/it does not fall. Jesus is my example of perfect, practical, and balanced living.

I see balance in Jesus’ teaching. He balanced perfectly His public teaching to large crowds with small group teaching and one-on-one teaching. I see balance in His spirituality as He spent time with groups of worshippers and alone in worship. I see balance in His lifestyle, He went to parties, but not as often as He was involved in serving. He ate, He slept, He talked, He joked, He was serious. He spent time with family, He spent time with friends. He spent time working and time resting. He spent time building some people up and He spent time tearing others down. He had moments with religious people and He had moments with non-religious “sinners”. In everything He did, in every aspect of His life, I see balance.

In my own life I tend to recognize balance after I have fallen too far one way or too far the other way. I think as Christians we would be wise to balance our lives. God worked for six days and rested on the seventh. In fact, a good example is apparent in our church calendar. We have times for fun, like Bunco last night— but Bunco is on the calendar noticeably less frequently than times of worship and study. In addition to fun, worship and study there are also times for fellowship, planning, service, meetings, and prayer. Like Jesus and like our church calendar balance is an important part of a practical Christian lifestyle.

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