I was having coffee this week with a friend and she mentioned that she is in a new position and learning how to "balance it all". This is a phrase that I also use often, but in that moment I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit to share with her some recent thoughts I have had about this idea of balance.
Balance is a trendy word in society with our pace of life, the many hats we wear, and our struggle with comparing our life to others'. Unfortunately, what we want a "balanced" life to look like- Pinterest perfect, put together, toned, best dressed, with the amazing marriage, immaculate house, Sound of Music kids, corner office, "Friends" friends, and keeping up with the Joneses with free time to spare- is just a mirage. The more accurate picture of "balance" is that of a young child teetering ever so cautiously on a balance beam. My daughter is just learning this game and quickly runs to every curb or wall to try her hand at balancing. Here are some things I recognize about the balancing act:
1. We are much sturdier with our arms out and eyes up- Let's keep our eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith! (Hebrews 12:2)
2. It is more difficult to balance when we try to stand still, than when we move forward- Keep moving!
3. I have never seen a child run across a balance beam. Instead we just put one foot in front of the other- Let's not concern ourselves with what's at the end of the beam, just set our thoughts on taking the next step.
4. Teetering/Shaking/Feeling out of balance is part of staying balanced!
5. God is not a safety net waiting to catch us when we fall, He is the Good Father standing next to us and holding our hand as we walk!
Psalm 37:24 (NLT)-Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) -Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
If you are working hard to maintain balance, I would encourage you to look up, get your eyes off your feet, and instead of trying to find balance, find your rhythm- step, pause, teeter, step, pause, teeter... -hold the hand of your Father and keep moving forward!
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)- “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”