The word that has been running through my mind for a few days is ‘balance‘.
As a noun it means, “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.” As a verb it means, “to offset or compare the value of (one thing) with another”.
To keep balance in our life is important with everything we do; you can eat sweets but if you eat more sweets than is good for you then you will be sick. I have a grandson and a son-in-law that are both diabetic and they check their blood many times a day to make sure they haven’t had too many carbs which can drive their blood to heights that could cause major problems, in other words they check it to keep in balance… just as they don’t want it to be too high, if it gets too low then they could have a seizure, if that happens you have to get juice or squirt a sweet gel from a tube into their mouth so that their ‘balance‘ is restored.
There are people who can have a glass of wine without any bad effects, then there are people who have the tendency to be alcoholic that can’t have even one drink without risking their sobriety.
It’s the same with taking drugs, especially pain meds. My daughter had an operation, and they sent her home with prescriptions for some heavy-duty pain pills which she took on her first night home, it was Oxycontin, she was feeling no pain. The next day she was hurting so bad that I asked why she didn’t take another pill, she spoke with wisdom, she said, “Mom when I took that pill not only was I not in pain, but I felt a kind of joy inside of myself. I can’t take that again or I won’t be able to stop.”
She chose to suffer rather than take a chance on losing her ability to choose.
What about balance in relationships?
People who have strong personalities can lead some of us around and we end up being a sort of slave to their every whim. They can emotionally blackmail us by crying, screaming, threatening suicide, or replacing us in their life with someone who WILL do whatever it is they want. That is when you must pull up your big girl/boy pants, square your shoulders and get out while the gettin’s good!
The end of the matter is this:
Keeping balance means you eat right; you get the right amount of sleep and don’t overindulge in anything that will make you physically unhealthy.
You also need to be in spiritual balance which includes having conversations with God, reading His Word, and trying to the best of your ability to live according to His will.
I think that a lot of times we don’t hear Him because we don’t heed
1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you.”
If you keep God at the head of all your wants, desires, and relationships then you will never get out of balance.