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Finding Our Balance

There is a right time for everything: A time to be born, a time to die; A time to plant; A time to harvest; A time to kill; A time to heal; A time to destroy; A time to rebuild; A time to cry; A time to laugh; A time to grieve; A time to dance; A time for scattering stones; A time for gathering stones; A time to hug; A time not to hug; A time to find; A time to lose; A time for keeping; A time for throwing away; A time to tear; A time to repair; A time to be quiet; A time to speak up; A time for loving; A time for hating; A time for war; A time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (TLB)

"Yes, woe upon you, Pharisees, and other religious leaders - hypocrites! For you tithe down to the last mint leaf in your garden, but ignore the important things - justice and mercy and faith. Yes, you should tithe, but you shouldn't leave the more important things undone." Matthew 23:23 (TLB)

Tracy Crump lives in Mississippi. When her husband was a child, his elderly neighbor owned a Model A Ford. Every so often, Mr. Reeves would take his car for a test drive. One part of his test was to drive a short way, then slam on the brakes. He would get out and check the skid marks to see which brake was catching unevenly. Finally he would slide under the car and use his wrench to make adjustments to the identified brake. He repeated the process until the brakes were balanced.

With so much pressing on us today, we can get out of balance just as those brakes did. Family, church, work, and community all demand our attention. Without realizing it, we may begin to devote more time to one area while neglecting others. How do we find balance?

When Tracy feels pulled in a thousand different directions, she focuses on her balance point: God, who set the universe in motions. God alone can help her find the equilibrium she needs. taking time to pray and to read her Bible equips her with wisdom to adjust her priorities. Seeking God's priorities first will help Tracy balance each day.

Prayer: Dear Father, when our lives seem out of balance, turn us toward you and your wisdom, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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