It's All About Balance
I believe in balance in almost every area of my life (except with the Chicago Cubs). I’m not talking about being “middle-of-the-road” on every issue. I know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road…They get run over.
I have no problem taking a stand when a stand needs to be taken. I guess that when I apply the principle of balance, it makes it all that more difficult to pigeon-hole me.
My former students used to like to try to put a label on me, you know, conservative or liberal. “Mr. Jones, are you pro-life?”
I would respond, “Depends upon the issue. Are you talking about abortion or capital punishment or what? I’m conservative, and I’m liberal, depending upon the issue.”
As a member of overachievers anonymous, I have been an advocate for years of Richard Exley’s rhythms of life. His philosophy is centered on the balancing of work, rest, worship, and play.
My beautiful wife gave me a copy of his book when we were both in our thirties, and it has been a blessing to me (and to her because of it).
Pressure in the ministry can be relentless—no time for family or friends or solitude or self. Surprisingly enough, even God can be crowded out. And the cost can be high—empty marriage, resentful children, burnout.
I have tried to use this same principle of rhythm and balance in all areas of my life, although not always successfully, I have to admit.
I don’t want to be remembered as a busy man, a conservative man, an evangelical man, an intelligent man, a preacher man, or a successful man.
What about the areas of theology, worship, prayer life, generosity, and maybe even civic responsibility? I can be content if I am known as a balanced man—in just about every realm, except FAITHFULNESS. In that area of my life, I’m glad to be called a radical any day.
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