Point to Ponder: Blessed are the balanced.
Verse to Remember: “Life life with a due sense of responsibility, not as those who do not know the meaning of life, but as those who do.” — Ephesians 5:15 (Ph)
Question to Consider: Which of the four activities will I begin in order to stay on track and balance God’s five purpose for my life?
He emphasizes that it is not just important to do these things individually, but to balance them as a reinforcing whole — so that we don’t fall prey to emphasizing the parts we like, and avoiding those we don’t. Ouch! I know I tend to emphasize the internal/intellectual aspects of my purpose, and up suffering for it emotionally, which ultimately undermines my whole purpose. In other words, balance in this context is not about making compromises, but being securely “rooted” (as in ‘radical’) to the foundation. Lord, have mercy.
Fortunately, Rick suggests four practical ways to promote balance:
Obviously if anyone is reading this, then I’m accomplishing (c) and (d). 🙂 For (a), I am also blessed with several prayer partners and close friends, not to mention a small group (which is meeting this afternoon). However, though I do have regular visits with mentors, I haven’t really done (b) a spiritual ‘check-up’ in a long time. To be honest, I have a hard time finding tools that, well, are properly balanced. To be sure, I know I have my own biases, which is why I need an external, objective measurement. However, the tools I’ve found in the past were either too aligned with my biases (and thus not helpful as a check ;-), or based on such different biases I found them annoying.
Prayer: God, I don’t want to just be filling out check-boxes, or striving to live up to the legalistic letter of the law. On the other hand, neither do I want to just drift on the sea of my emotions and biases. Father, I want to be radically centered on you, living out the whole gospel with my whole heart, experiencing and fulfilling all your purposes to me. Remind me of my commitments to you, and help me to take full advantage of all the resources you have given to help me live up to them. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.