I hated the teeter totter when I was a kid. The trick to a good teeter totter experience was to find someone you were equally yoked with, that is, someone of about the same size as you. If not, you were either stuck in the air dangling your feet or stuck on the ground most of the time because your partner’s weight wasn’t enough to sustain your upward experience.
I never was much of a tree climber, either. Holding onto the branches was another act of balance I found too risky. Unlike my son who has no fear, the fear of falling kept me from taking the risk to climb to higher ventures.
As an adult, I find that my life is a balancing act. Some things are simple like dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is healthy for you, but there is a balance between healthy and eating a half a bag of Dove dark chocolate. Coffee is great for a morning boost, but three cups of coffee a day is probably a bit much, at least for me it is. And then there are things a little more complicated than chocolate and coffee. I am an introvert who works in a very people filled social environment which I absolutely love, but I know that I need a balance of alone time and time with others away from work. The trick is to find the right balance of family time, social time with friends, and quiet time alone.
When it comes to our daily lives, balance is intricately woven into everything we do. So much of life is routine….get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, do evening activities, and then go to bed. Yet, to live life more mindfully, balance needs to become something we are processing and analzying in our day to day lives.
God has been speaking to me about balance in my day to day life. Work and family balance. Rest time and productive time at home balance. Family time and alone time balance. Listening and speaking balance.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering. Romans 12:1 MSG
As you shift from weekend thoughts to thoughts of the week ahead, offer your everyday, ordinary life to God and listen for His guidance in balancing your time and gifts in your life. My personal challenge to myself this week is work balance and family balance as I trust God to hold me tightly as I climb higher to His greater purpose.