The Balance Beam

>> Thursday, August 30, 2012

When my girls were young, they were talented in many ways. Each played one or two different instruments … and practice time was a cacophony of sound. They were creative … conducting make believe interviews on the street with friends and family … and occasionally strangers. But sports … not so much.

Yet Kerri, my youngest, loved gymnastics. She tried tap dancing and ballet, but when gymnastics time came around, she lit up. And she was good. Her slender body could bend in unbelievable ways. Instead of walking down a sidewalk, she cartwheeled.

It looked like she just might emerge a real gymnast.

To encourage her involvement, I allowed a strip of masking tape to be placed diagonally across the living room carpet. Balance beams are only four inches wide, but it did look a little strange. When visitors came in, comments like “Oh, did you tear your carpet?” were normal. She would climb on her imaginary balance beam ... with tongue sticking out … focusing on her balance. Falling off was not acceptable.

She was on her way … and then came the accident, which ended that specific dream.

As I watched the recent Olympics on television, my thoughts returned to that little girl. She not only fell off … but also never climbed back on. Her life has gone a totally different direction.
Isn’t life like that? Sometimes the path we are on seems even narrower than four inches. We do more than just stick our tongue out to help with our focus. In our effort to keep our balance we turn to sleeping pills, counselors, Yoga or just plain whining.

Finding our balance is such a difficult task.

But there is one way to keep our focus … continually and forever. If we turn to Jesus … the great Balancer … we won’t fall off. When we get to the end of this life, we will land with a triple flip at His feet.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)


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