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Keep Your Skis Under Your Feet: Staying Balanced through Life’s Slalom

Posted by Ron Moore on

In just a few days, the Olympic torch will ignite to kick off the 2018 winter games. The skills of the world-class athletes are amazing. Who isn’t inspired by their stories of discipline and sacrifice?

When I watch the games, I particularly enjoy the skiing competition. The Giant Slalom, Halfpipe and Slopestyle are incredible events of skill and style. Whether on the ground, in the air or landing after a series of twists and turns, it all comes down to the body’s position over the skis; in one word - balance.

The speed of life often feels like a downhill run with a series of tricky jumps. Things happen fast. Jobs take time and energy. Marriages deserve meaningful investment. Children need our presence and their activities keep us hopping. We end the day exhausted and feeling like little has been accomplished.

We need balance. However, living at the speed of life,

how do we find the balance that keeps us from crashing?

Balance in life does not begin with our digital calendars or strategic planning. Real balance begins with God. Here are four things your can do to keep spiritual balance.   

  1. Be grounded.

A balanced life begins the day in the Word of God. His love letter to us gives us everything we need to put things in proper perspective. Scripture puts me on the right path, tells me when I am out of control, gets me back on track and then tells me how to stay on track (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I need to be grounded in God’s Word every day in order to have any chance of balance. (See 1 Timothy 4:1-7, 13-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5.)

  1. Be alert.

I have an Enemy. He desires to trip me up and watch me fall - the harder the better. That’s why I need to be aware of my weaknesses and guard my surroundings. This Enemy “prowls around like a roaring lion” ready to do me in. I need to be grounded and alert. Then I can “stand firm in the faith” and resist him (1 Peter 5:8-10).

  1. Be eternalistic.

Spiritual balance gives me an eternal perspective. Today is not the end-all-be-all. It is a part of the course that leads me to my destination. Jesus said that a person will miss living with an eternal perspective when he or she is “weighed down with…the anxieties of life” (Luke 21:34).

  1. Know where the power is.

The power I need to live in spiritual balance is not something I can conjure up on my own. I am incapable of gaining the perspective I need. I cannot stand firm alone. Seeing and resisting the devil’s schemes are beyond me. That’s why I have to submit myself to the Spirit’s work in my life not just every day, but throughout the day. It is God who works in me and through me to accomplish his will. He is the source of power and strength. Balance begins and ends in him.

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