Thoughts About Balance

4-18-13 balance

Lack of muscle balance can lead to injury.

Lack of balanced vitamins and minerals in the body, whether through inability to absorb or poor diet, can lead to a host of health struggles mentally and physically.

Your body’s ability to balance hormones and blood sugar relates to a balanced, healthy diet.

A balanced, healthy diet leads to a balanced, healthy mind & body.

We need balance between rest and labor.

Balance is relative.

We get into trouble when we compare the balance we need to that of others.

Age plays a factor in ability to balance.

4-18-13 law vs grace

Age also changes what we need and don’t need for balance.

Sometimes, like in sickness and stressful situations, we must operate in an out-of-balance state.

Law must be balanced with grace.

Balance does not mean equal.

The scales must be accurate in order for balance to happen.

Lack of balance can cause anxiety.

Anxiety can cause an unbalanced perspective.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25-34)

4-18-13 wisdom

Anxiety is an out-of-balance state.

To be anxious means to be “full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune.” It also means to be “greatly worried.”

Perhaps a balanced view of balance means getting and applying wisdom to our lives.

Balance comes through seeking His kingdom and righteousness above all else.

DICUSSION: What are your thoughts about balance? 

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15 thoughts on “Thoughts About Balance

  1. This is so ON Kari~ My favorite passage and one I seem to be sharing a lot these days is Philippians 4: 6&7. Be not Anxious. Then Paul goes on to tell us how to have peace beyond our comprehension. I also love the Psalm that reminds me not to FRET over and over. I need those reminders quite often. What I have learned from your blog and others is the power I have to take captive my thoughts, ask God to change my heart, and raise my "atitude to an altitude"that will allow God to once again be my focus. Thanksgiving for God's blessings is a good way to balance worry and anxiety.Balance…I think I will meditate on that word for a while. so glad you are back…missed u, though Kathy was great.

    • Definitely glad to be back to writing, though I think I could have used another week of hanging out with my hubby. Balance has been on my mind a lot over the past 3 1/2 years actually, and it seems to be a part of virtually everything that I do. I just can't escape the fact that balance needs to exist and that what balance looks like to me is different than what it looks like to anyone else. And as you pointed out, there are scripture that will touch on pretty much every aspect of balance and its application.

  2. Kari,
    You are correct in saying that balance is not equal. Depending of where we are in life and what is happening we will not have balance among things in our life. We will live in unbalance. When our children are little the balance tends towards them and they get our attention. Sometimes when someone is sick the attention goes to them and others things wait. Certainly not balance in the sense that all things are getting priority. We must make choices and be content and not anxious with where God has placed us and what we are facing. We make feel out of balance and may feel like things are undone but we must still recognize that which is needed most. If we are following God and responding appropriately to whatever our journey is throwing at us then we shall have balance in our souls.

    • As I think more about this, Mark, I don't think that when we are focused more in one area that we've made a priority (say, our kids) and less in another (say, our career) that we are out of balance. It just means that for now, one area weighs more than another and so it takes more of it to have balanced lives. Not sure if that makes sense, but I'm picturing one of those old fashioned scales like the one pictured in my post with a lot of one thing on one side and only a little of another on the other side, and yet the scale is balanced. And, God is the scale, not something to be balanced… that's another thought that is ruminating. And for sure, when we are obedient to God, we have that inner balance… perhaps this is what Isaiah calls "perfect peace"?

  3. What Mark said. 🙂 I once used the LifeBalance software and really got out of balance! I was spending all my time inputting every single activity just so the app could tell me what to do next. Of course, I never wanted to do it. LOL I wonder if obedience is what we're called to more than balance.

    • Yeah, Mark said it well. He usually does. I'm glad you mentioned the software example because I have never found anything like that to work for me. The good 'ole paper list is my best option 🙂 And, I try to let the Holy Spirit tell me what to put on that daily/weekly. Perhaps obedience IS what balance is. When we are obedient, we are balanced according to God, who is our scale?

    • As you say here Melanie and Kari says below perhaps obedience is what balance is or more what we are called too. I do know when we walk in obedience our soul is balanced in the sense of not being in turmoil. There is peace in knowing we have done what we are supposed to do and our souls are thrown "out of balance" and into discord when we know we have not.

      • Obedience brings balance to one's spirit, that's for certain. Now, the key then is separating feelings from truth. Did you listen to Loren Pinilis' podcast that talked about being over feeling? I think it came out in January sometime. Anyway, I know I have to realize that even with balance in my spirit, my flesh's feelings may be ones of unbalance. Oh my, I think we're discussing our way into another post on balance. And, I am staring the issue in the face today as I deal with some personal stuff… Lord, help me to find your peace and balance!

  4. You nailed it when you said, "Perhaps a balanced view of balance means getting and applying wisdom to our lives." Praying and asking for wisdom can help in all areas of our life. It can really guide and direct us to what we should and need to be doing. Great thoughts.

    • Thanks, Dan. I have been studying Proverbs a lot for an adult class I co-teach, so wisdom is a topic I'm reading a lot about these days. Plus, I have two junior high boys. Enough said? Seriously, I am realizing more and more how essential having wisdom from God through His Holy Spirit truly is in every area of life down to the very smallest detail. This wisdom plus obedience… what a powerful combination!

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  6. Balance is tricky. I'm all for balance, but I think a lot of times we tend to pursue it in an almost idolatrous or legalistic fashion – as if balance for balance's sake was a good thing. I prefer to think about it in terms of being obedient and letting the balance take care of itself.

    • I also think that balance is tricky. I think that people forget that balance is relative, meaning it does not look the same for everyone. I also think that what our balance looks like changes in our difference seasons of life. I also agree that it's a matter of obedience. That means we need to stay connected to the Holy Spirit, so we know what balance means for our current season rather than basing it on what it looks like for others or what we think it should be. When we are obedient, balance does take care of itself. It's amazing what obedience does for our lives, which is why it is a #1 priority for our parenting.

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