Have you ever attempted to balance a baseball bat in the palm of your hand? If so, you’ve noticed it doesn’t stay balanced for long if adjustments are not made. The excitement of the new game may be fun at first, but it quickly decays into a demanding effort – requiring intense focus. Keeping that bat balanced in your hand can become frustrating and even exhausting.
The difficulty with balancing a bat in our hand isn’t our skill level, our coordination, or athletic ability. The problem is our choice. The bat has a small base and is top heavy. It will never be in balance without constant attention and quick, reactive movements.
When our faith is built like a baseball bat, having a small foundation and loaded up at the top – it becomes near impossible to keep it upright. Our attempts to keep our unbalanced faith upright frustrates us. This is why so many Christians live a roller coaster life.
To keep our lives in balance, we must make better choices. Too often, Christians hesitate to move across the starting line because of an upside down version of faith. So where does this inverted, unbalanced faith come from? Most often it comes from a mixture of God’s truth and our version of truth.
So, what do we sacrifice to keep things in balance? The answer: Everything that stands in the way of God becoming your absolute foundation must be removed, re-ordered, or tossed out.
I’ve come to realize that God never intended for me to balance everything so precariously. When one wrong decision sends me on a wild, manic journey to keep everything from falling down, my quick reaction is to start praying (begging) for God to intervene. It tells me I put something on the table that didn’t line up with who God called me to be.
Finding balance will mean re-ordering your life. Priorities will need to be examined. Some things will have to go – and it won’t be easy. The Rich Young Ruler discovered the hard way – face to face with Jesus Christ – where his life was out of balance.
Maybe for you, work is the problem. Perhaps you spend more time working in the church rather than worshipping God. Maybe your family demands so much time, that God takes a back seat. The list is endless – but you already know where your “frantic” items are.
The lesson is this – with God at the dead center of your life, the rest of your decisions will become clear and balance will be less difficult.
God wants us to keep our eyes on Him and only worry about those few things that aren’t so volatile – like loving others first. God is very clear about what works together and what doesn’t. Follow His advice:
Here’s a few words from the creator of heaven, earth, and us:
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. – God Revelation 3:15-17 (NIV)
Build your life on two things… Love God and sacrificially Love others. Balance comes when our core focus begins with God. From there, all of the items we juggle will be threaded together by His commands – and our lives will be unshakeable.