Monday, February 3, 2014

February 3, 2014 - The Balance Beam of Life

This week my mind has been taken to a sport I don’t usually write about… gymnastics. Today we will begin offering a weekly devotion time at a local gymnastics center here in Alabama and our key verse is Proverbs 3:23: “Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble.”

It got me thinking about things like the balance beam and how easy it is to fall if you get off-balance… I thought about how I teach other sports and emphasize a balanced stance so there is a solid core… and of course got me thinking about life itself and a need for balance!

Life is difficult and full of distractions and therefore we need to be reminded of the fundamentals of balance. One writer I came across (Marjorie F. Eddington on the Bible Wise Teen Time website) summed up her learning from the balance beam in the following points:
·         “Look forward”
·         “Be absolutely centered”
·         “Focus on where you want to land” (Proverbs 4:26, 27)
·         “Trust – even when you can’t see the landing” (Psalm 37:5; 143:8)

When we truly look at life the problem began when sin got things out of balance and left a God-shaped hole in us… But the beauty of God’s plan is that He put things back in balance:
·         Through His Son – in order to fill that hole and restore our relationship
·         Through His Word – in order to give us truth and direction to trust where we will land

Today, even if you feel like you are twisting and turning high above the balance beam of life and cannot see where you are going to land, focus on Christ and His Word – a guaranteed safe landing spot!

Now on to share this truth with some young gymnasts…

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