Sunday Scriptures Balance

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

There are thirty-one entries for the word balance on Who knew?

Here are a few:

  • noun
    a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
    something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise
    mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.
    a state of bodily equilibrium
    an instrument for determining weight, typically by the equilibrium of a bar with a fulcrum at the center, from each end of which is suspended a scale or pan, one holding an object of known weight, and the other holding the object to be weighed
  • verb (used with object), balanced, balancing
    to bring to or hold in equilibrium; poise: to balance a book on one’s head
    to arrange, adjust, or proportion the parts symmetrically
    to be equal or proportionate to

But what does it look like to live a life of balance? Especially at such a busy time of year as December.

God says we are to be still and know him. The world says busyness is what counts.

How can we be still, press into God, and spend time resting in him to understand the true meaning of Christmas, if we spend all our time like hamsters on a wheel spinning round and round but never getting anywhere for the effort; running from one item on our to-do list to the next?

Where’s the peaceful balance in that?

Looking at our definitions of the word balance, the first thing we see is that equilibrium is the equal distribution of things. It is a habit of calm behavior. There are times in our lives when our equilibrium gets off balance and we feel as if we are unstable. Those times can be brought on by our own actions, or by the actions of others.
If you’ve ever experienced a loss of equilibrium through dizziness, you get the idea of what that can look like in our lives when we get our priorities out of whack.

I like the verb definition that says balancing something means to arrange, adjust, or proportion the parts symmetrically. Isn’t that what we try to do when we strive for a balanced life?

This definition from Webster is my favorite, though. A state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or have an equal or proper amount of importance.

Proper amount of importance.

Our primary focus needs to be on God and the truths found in his Bible. Next we need to spend the time to read that Word, study what it says, and finally apply it to our lives. Once we do that, we just might find the other things in our life fall into place proportionately with just the right balance.

What do you do to live a life of balance?

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I have thought much about your words and stored them in my heart so that they would hold me back from sin. Psalm 119:11 (TLB)

I wish you well.


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