We talk a lot in our world about finding balance. “Work-life balance” has been a catch phrase of the business world for a while now. But work isn’t the only place we get out of balance – to often do too much of one thing (hello social media!) and too little of another (oh, hey there, dust bunnies…my you’ve been multiplying!). And what about our diets? We could use a little balance there, too.
Proverbs 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
Proverbs is full of admonitions about food, drink, and debauchery. Clearly these kinds of imbalances take away from the life – and peace – that God intends for us. But we were talking about moderation here. Surely moderation isn’t bad. It would seem that “moderation” would be a good solution to all that, but is “Moderation in All Things” the way to go? The key is in that 3rd word there…”ALL”. Nope – not ALL things! Paul puts it this way:
1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.
In other words, some things we should definitely have NONE of, because they are just not helpful. Other things, we have to be careful of, that we don’t become (in our modern wording) addicted to them. It isn’t just food, or drugs, or internet that we have to be wary of. The culture around us can have too much weight in our lives, as well:
2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
So, how do we know what we should or shouldn’t be doing, and to what extent? This isn’t as simple as memorizing “The 10 Commandments” – because they just don’t cover all the possibilities. As always, the answer is that we need to be studying God and His word – not piecemeal, but holistically – and getting an understanding of where God wants our focus to be.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
If we are working within God’s will for our lives, and constantly checking in with Him, then we won’t get out of balance. God will guide us and strengthen us in our work, and lead us into peace and rest as well.