The road to attaining and maintaining true balance begins with belief. Belief that there is a need for change and belief that faithful diligence to a proven, prescribed program will bring about desired results.
“If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” - 1 Tim 4:6–8
As the physical body requires proper nourishment, fluids, exercise and rest, the spirit of mankind requires regeneration and a maintenance program for spiritual health. Isn’t it just like God to use the physical world to explain spiritual truths? Jesus did this very thing in the form of parables; earthly stories with heavenly meanings.
And so before any change in direction can be implemented in an individual’s spiritual life, they must come to a recognition and belief that change is necessary. They must recognize they are headed in the wrong direction. Sincerity does not assure desired results. An individual can be sincere but sincerely wrong. Therefore, proper instruction is required by a Master in Spiritual Training. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes unto the Father but by me.” – John 14:6
Having surrendered to His instruction, a commitment is then made to a different spiritual lifestyle – one that nourishes the spirit daily, quenches spiritual thirst with the living water (John 4:7-14), and is strengthened by the exercise of godliness. Experiencing true balance is the result of obedience to the will of God.
Perhaps it is a trite observation; I will let you be the judge. I find it amusingly curious that writing a BLOG has taken on new meaning. BLOG; Believing, Loving, and Obeying God!
Even more curious, Webster’s Dictionary tells us that the word was included in 1999 and is an abbreviation for the word, “Weblog”. WE-BLOG; it is what sets Christians apart, WE Believe, Love, Obey God; true balance!