Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Balance: A Peaceful Perspective

          Balance can mean something different depending on your own perspective and because of your viewpoint it could skew the term to the point of delusion. I have always been a driver, a go get er', a "Productive Patty", and so living a balanced life seemed to get in the way of my agendas. My take on balance was getting all the things accomplished on my list and still being able to have a pulse. After years of living by this phil-"loss"-ophy I came to the conclusion that my pulse was going to eventually give out and unless I got some balance in my life I would not have a life to balance.

          I had been living a lopsided, career driven, works oriented, results focused life so long that I thought that if I tried to level out that I would become lazy and non-productive. You see I was looking at my situation, from where I was, and not where I could be. It is true that an out of balanced person trying to rely on his/her perspective as a leveler to gain composure is about as smart as a hypochondriac trying to free themselves of prescriptions while standing in the middle of a pharmacy.

          As a Christian I knew that I could go to God for support, but it took me years before I leaned on His Word to help balance my life. Every time that I went to the bible for balance I came a way with another To Do for my list. For years when I looked in God's Word, like everything else, I saw work to do. My work covered glasses viewed everything in the form of a project. Therefore when I got to the point that I knew I needed to find balance I ran from God's Word instead of to it. During this time in my life I explored other peaceful outward solutions, from stretching style exercise to Day Spas. Now there is nothing wrong with exercising for relaxation or getting a massage to work out pressure points, but these are merely supplements for the powerful peace that comes from an inside balance that only the Holy Spirit can give us.

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you,"
(John 14:26-27 KJV).

          These verses began to revolutionize how I perceived balance and how I could begin to obtain it. In those years before, I did not equate balance to having peace and furthermore I did not realize that as a Christian Jesus left me His peace. Peace of God , an inner calm or harmony, helps us gain perspective so that we know what, where, and how to spend our time. Peace changes our viewpoint so that we are able to set boundaries and keep our priorities in line. A worldly peace is good for a timeout, breather, or break from our daily grind, but the peace from our Father is a constant leveler that can balance all of the areas in our lives.

          Our viewpoints must be based on the truth otherwise we are really walking on a beam, which we can easily fall off, because it is created from our own perspective.

          A while back I was working on a project that required me to draw straight lines across paper, which was longer than my measuring tool. I was in a hurry, so I began estimating the lines instead of using my tool to guide my hand. The finished product was a page of uneven rows and squashed columns that could not hold consistent information. By not trusting the tool, a proven measuring device, and taking matters into my own hand, I created uneven results.

          As “A Work in Progress” none of us are perfect, but our lives are so much more balanced when we allow God to guide and level us from the inside out. His peace, He gave to us, surfaces when we use His perspective, (The Word). God never called us to do everything, but all the things that He has called us to do He gives us the strength to accomplish, (Phil. 4:13).  Thank God for a balanced perspective which allows us to be a more peaceful “Work in Progress”.

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