Thursday, November 13, 2008

art of blanace. (possibly part one of two)

Imagine you're in the middle of a jam-packed arena. It's dark - but you are about to go on... for your performance. Center of the ring, there is a long shadowy plank. The spot light illuminates what proves to be a balance beam. 4 and a half feet off the ground. 4 inches wide. 5 meters long.

It's your turn. The crowd is chanting your name. Time to go on.

One problem. You are not a gymnast. You've never performed on a balance beam. ever. But your up. It's on. Time to do your best at something you know little or nothing about. You can't fake it. You can't balance. Especially with the spotlight shining on you.

What do you do?

Such it is with life and faith. Hard to balance. Hard to manage. Seems like the spotlight is always on us, too. Like everyone is watching. The thing is, that's kind of how it really is - at least for those who "claim" to be followers of Jesus. The world is watching - waiting for us to fall off the balance beam... to skrew up.

Balance is crucial... life. school. job. faith. How can we possibly balance it all?

Learning to balance.

But should perfect balance the end goal?

1 comment:

troy. said...

But should perfect balance the end goal?

It's a great question. Hard question. I've written about it before. So many ways to approach it.

Where does grace fit into perfect balance? Are we called to be perfect in all of our actions? In all of our attempts?

Where does the Spirit fit into perfect balance? If we are truly hearing Him, shouldn't we always be leaning toward the truth (i.e. tipping the scales toward just living)?

Is our call to attain balance in all we have going on in our lives, or are we called to give up some of our plans and live more simply?

Have we made faith too hard by trying to balance it all?

Should I become a monk?