Finding balance in life is important to all of us. Many are struggling in their life and do not understand that the underlying reason is lack of balance. These individuals realize that something is not right or they think that for some reason they are not “hitting on all cylinders.” They should be cruising along in life at 70MPH accomplishing many tasks for the Lord but instead they find themselves “puttering” along at 35MPH barely getting anything done. The reason is lack of balance.
I see imbalance all day long in my medical practice. Patients come in throughout the day complaining of all types of physical and emotional problems and/or pain. Most often no definitive reason for their problem is identified even after an exhaustive work-up is performed. It boils down to a lack of balance in their life. This lack of balance is being manifested in their physical body and in their emotional (soulical) realm of life.
You can somewhat understand the lack of balance when it comes to those individuals who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. There is absolutely no way for them to achieve total balance in their life because they are spiritually dead. Many of these individuals find themselves depressed and/or anxious because they cannot make sense of the world around them. They do not have a biblical world outlook so everything looks like it is falling apart. This leads them to have an enormous amount of uncertainty and fear in their life often leading them to depression and/or anxiety. They are not at rest in their soul which then manifests itself in many emotional problems and even with many physical complaints. Balance for these individuals’ starts when they accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.[quote float=”right”] As I meet many Christians in my journeys, I find that many of them are living their lives out of balance and are suffering the painful consequences. These are good people that desire to serve their Savior, but have allowed a lack of balance to basically derail their life. Instead of enjoying the abundant life that Jesus talks about in John 10:10, they are just trying to survive life.” [/quote]
Unfortunately, I also see a lack of balance in the lives of many Christians that I meet. I have the tremendous honor and privilege to represent the Reformers Unanimous Addictions Ministry as I travel across our nation and Canada preaching and teaching about the wonderful freedom available through Jesus Christ. As I meet many Christians in my journeys, I find that many of them are living their lives out of balance and are suffering the painful consequences. These are good people that desire to serve their Savior, but have allowed a lack of balance to basically derail their life. Instead of enjoying the abundant life that Jesus talks about in John 10:10, they are just trying to survive life. Before we become too critical of these people, we must realize that a lack of balance can transpire in all of our lives if we fail to continually submit to the leadership of the Holy Spirit of God.
In light of what I have written above, including all of the encounters I have had with people that are manifesting symptoms of an imbalanced life in their body and emotions (soul), God lead me to write a book called, “Finding Balance in Life – Correcting Imbalance in our Spirit, Soul, and Body.” This book demonstrates the ease in which imbalance can take over any of our lives and cause significant damage. The book goes on to address how we as Christians can regain balance in our lives which will make us the most effective workman for our Heavenly Father. In the remaining part of this article, I would like to touch on one of the four foundational truths that God gives us in His Word that will help us restore balance. All four truths are detailed in the book, but I would like to concentrate on contentment.
When Jesus talked to the disciples before the crucifixion, Jesus gave no indication that His followers should expect wealth, beauty, economic security, or acclaim. He never promised freedom from suffering, persecution, sickness, discouragement, vocational uncertainty, or financial strain – but He did promise peace. Jesus told us in John 14:27 that He would give us peace – peace of mind and heart. He went on to say, “my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Several years later, during one of his times in prison, Paul mentioned his contentment despite the unpleasant circumstances. In a setting that could have stimulated intense anxiety, discouragement, self-pity, and even anger at God, the apostle instead encouraged his fellow believers to rejoice regardless of the circumstances and to experience the peace of God: “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4.) Paul went on to say, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 6-7.)
Reformers Unanimous can have a variety of goals, but at its core is the effort to help people find peace with God, peace with others, and peace with themselves. Sometimes, this peace comes closer when people admit their problems and talk about their feelings, acquire better interpersonal and communication skills, change their attitudes and control harmful thought patterns, get insight into their own actions, and learn how to change their ways of doing things – this is all done through the leadership and power of the Holy Spirit of God.
Ultimate peace for all of us comes from God. It comes to those who cast their cares or anxieties on the Lord, present their requests to God with prayer and thanksgiving, let their minds dwell on thoughts that are pure and Christ honoring, resist satanic influences, and live in ways that would please Christ. Lasting peace comes from the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, often as we meditate on the Word of God and seek to do His will.
This life of peace and contentment will facilitate balance in all of us.