Redefining Balance

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My boots lose traction and suddenly I’m on the ground, feet sprawled forward, head tilted backward. I gaze at the sliver of blue above me peeking out of a blanket of gray. Snow-covered spires glisten as they catch stray sunbeams.

My daily walks these days have afforded me plenty of quality time with the glossy surface of this icy world. We’ve made friends, but now we’re starting to make enemies. I’m ready for spring.

After scrambling to my feet and brushing white powder off my clothes, I continue carefully down the drive, scanning the ground for other icy spots hidden under the snow. Maintaining balance is trickier than you’d think.

Each season of life presents its challenges. But balance is a challenge that seems to defy the changing of the temperature and the turning of the leaves.

I don’t know about you, but balance seems to be a popular word these days. For most of us, however, I think it is a rather vague concept that seems to be impossible for any human to attain.

Rarely do I meet someone who confidently declares that they maintain a balanced lifestyle. Yet finding balance is crucial to living a happy, healthy and successful life.

Who am I to speak though, when just yesterday I was holding my head in my hands, sitting amongst a pile of textbooks, wondering if I could possibly emerge with my sanity intact at the end of the day?

Yet I’m discovering that balance is more than an external put-together-ness—it is the essence of life.

Circumstances might not be perfect. I might not have everything together. But if I stay in tune with God throughout the day instead of attempting to attain equilibrium by myself, success in living a balanced life will be much more likely and much more rewarding.  After all, He is the reason I am even alive today. Simply put, balance is embodied in a living connection with Christ.

As Paul wrote, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17, NIV).

This type of balance is the glue that holds me together when I have five deadlines in a day.  Balance is a walk in the fresh air, a kiss on a mother’s cheek, a conversation with a friend, a batch of cookies baked, a journal page filled.

So I’m learning to balance in this topsy-turvy world of ours. I’m learning to put my priorities in the right order (His order). And I’m learning to hold His hand as I teeter across the slackline. Will you join me?