Child of God

Devotional

Balance

Do you wish to live a more balanced life? What would that look like physically, spiritually, and mentally? Just as our physical bodies seek equilibrium, heating and cooling our bodies when our temperature gets a little off, we need balance in other areas of our lives. When we have too much stimulation, we may experience “overwhelm” and feel a need to pull back. When we do not have “enough” challenges, we feel bored. How do we find balance? Recently, I heard a “busy” person talking to someone who seemed “bored.” Rather than helping one another, it seemed they both envied each other but did not appear to be inspired to be more like the other. Instead, a comment was made about the busy person having so many people who want to be with them. Perhaps the busy person just wished for more time like the other seemed to have.

Do you see the challenge? All of us can be unbalanced and jealous, but it takes a great amount of effort to be balanced. Consider the balancing pole. What purpose does it serve? It helps the person when they get out of balance. God created naturally balancing agents inside our human bodies. What are some of those agents? One is our emotional system. When we feel out of balance, our emotions alert us; our stomach may churn, and our heart rate may increase. We can bring God into these experiences, asking Him to help us understand what is inside us. He provides insight into our needs for connection, communication, and other opportunities for balance. He is our balancing pole.

Galatians 5:20-26 tells us that jealousy doesn’t come from God; rather, the Holy Spirit produces love and joy. I am working on inviting God into my negative emotions and experiences, asking Him to provide insight; would you join me in this prayer? When we bring our junk to the Light, it loses its power (Ephesians 5:13).

Extra Credit:
As you seek balance, invite God to help you see yourself the way He sees you. Look in the mirror and remind yourself that you are His workmanship, created with a purpose (Ephesians 2:10).