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Day 29: A Balanced Life

Jan 29 2014

Have you ever considered how something that is good for you can also be bad for you? How could this be?

Proverbs 25:16 says, Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit.

Health and harm can come from the same source when it is out of balance. Some may think living a balanced life is to live a boring, neutral and unemotional life, but nothing could be further from the truth. Balance is what keeps our life on track, secure and moving forward; it means making wise choices concerning every area of life. Living with balance is like riding a bike – as you get your momentum up, the experience is easier and feels more natural.

As the proverbs suggests, enjoy the things that bring you pleasure, but be careful not to overdo it. Too much of something good can hurt you. It’s good to exercise regularly, but if you overdo it your body will suffer. “Overtraining” is a common problem with athletes and weight training; when an individual’s exercise exceeds their capacity to recover, they stop progressing and they can begin to lose strength and fitness. On the other side of the balance scale, too little exercise will also cause problems such as increase of body fat, reduction in muscle mass and other health concerns.

The lesson for us all is to avoid excess – too much of anything is not good for you and it carries over into every area of life – work and rest, career and family, sleep and activity and so on.

Remember the principle of sowing and reaping. If you sow balance by making wise choices, you will reap a long, happy, healthy and blessed life.

“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.”

Lord, help me to live with balance. Show me where I need to change my habits and behaviour and give me the grace to sow good seed in my life so I can reap happiness and health.