You must love him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
The second most important commandment says:
Love others as much as you love yourself.
No other commandment is more important than these.
– Matthew 12:30-31
A Matter Of Balance
Modern life is often referred to as a juggling act. You wake up each morning with a number of balls at your fingertips, such as your career, family, health, civic duties, household responsibilities, friendships, and your relationship with God. The more balls you’re responsible for, the more complex that task of juggling them seems. In addition to learning how to juggle, you also need to learn how to walk the tightrope.
While responsibilities can be juggled, priorities must be balanced. As any tightrope walker will agree, finding the proper balance takes practice. Before you start moving, you have to carefully find your center. As you move forward, you have to constantly read just to maintain balance. You learn to the right, only to need to move quickly to the left.
Balancing your priorities will help simplify your life. Accomplishing this balance takes similar focus, adjustment, and readjustment to that of a walking a tightrope. When you’re faced with the choices of spending some much needed, quality time with your spouse, working overtime to meet a deadline, or attending a church committee meeting you’ve previously committed yourself to, the perfect balance can be hard to find.
You begin balancing the same way a tightrope walker does, by finding your center before moving forward. The only unchanging center is God. The deeper you grow in relationship with him, the more balanced your life and priorities become. In tightrope walking and in life, it is also easier to maintain your equilibrium if your using a bar to balance. Mark 12:30-31 is the heart of perfect balance – Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Through Bible, reading, prayer, and seeking to follow where God leads in your life, you can move forward with confidence, unwavering in your purpose and priorities.
One Final Thought
Priorities balanced on the firm foundation of God’s Word are less likely to topple under pressure.
Resources: Living Simply – Enjoying the Peace of God – Renewing Minds Press