The Key to a Balanced Life

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Joshua 8:22 “And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side: and they smote them, so that they let none of them remain or escape.”

When Joshua fought the battle against Ai, he found himself surrounded by the armies of Ai. It says about this battle that Joshua found these armies, “some on this side, and some on that side.” In other words, Joshua was fighting the battle sometimes on this side, and sometimes on that side. It was this technique that allowed him to win that battle. Had Joshua made a drastic turn and only fought one side, he would have lost the battle. The lives of the men in Israel’s army literally depended on them fighting some on this side, and some on that side.

This incident in Israel’s history shows the key to living a balanced life. You cannot live a balanced life and constantly make drastic changes. A balanced life is accomplished by making little changes. Living a balanced life is like driving a car or even a bicycle. In order to steer a straight line, you don't make drastic turns because that will result in an accident or a crash. In order to steer a straight line, you make small changes with the steering wheel, and those little changes is what keeps you driving in a straight line. In other words, to drive a straight line, you steer some on this side, and some on that side. Three principles are taught in this verse that will help you to live a balanced life.

First, your life and livelihood depend on living a balanced life. Just like Joshua had to fight the battle on both sides to stay alive, so you have to live a balanced life to make it through life without destroying yourself. Those who live an unbalanced life are those whose lives are in constant turmoil. Those who live an unbalanced life are those who make drastic changes constantly. You cannot make drastic turns in your life without crashing your life. Those who find balance in life are those who make little changes as needed.

Second, a balanced life is accomplished through little changes. If you are living for the LORD, you will not need to make drastic changes in your life, but little changes here and there. A church can’t make drastic changes to what they do and expect it not to create unbalanced believers. The church that creates balanced believers is the church that stays with what they are doing that is right and only makes small corrections to get them back in line with what there were doing. The changes that a church makes should never be to go a different direction, but small corrections to get them back in the lane of the old paths to keep them going straight. The life that changes drastically is the life that will crash. A believer that wants to enjoy a balanced life is the believer that only makes small changes to their life to get back to the straight path from which they drifted.

Third, little corrections allow you to keep a straight line in life. My friend, you cannot make sudden turns in life and expect to keep balance; you must make small turns to enjoy a balanced life. You may need to make some changes, but make the changes a little at a time. I often tell people that you don't need to fight the whole war at one time, but fight one battle at a time. The key to living a balanced life is to care for things, some on this side, and some on that side. You must fight the urge to make sudden changes. Certainly, if your life is a wreck, you need to come back to God, but little changes are all you need to make if you are doing right.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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