Most days I am comfortable being comfortable. Most days.
But more often I am finding myself wondering. Wondering if comfortable is really where HE wants us. I mean, we are Americans living the “dream” but is this really what it is all about? Is it all about living in our comfortable homes, with cute stuff (that we honestly have too much of and do not really need), going through each day as if that is what matters.
I follow along with many bloggers out there. Some of them have had some life-changing experiences lately and between them, and a few amazing authors I am starting to really wonder if we have gotten it all wrong?
Kristen went off with Compassion International and if you go here you will see she is having a hard time going back to who she was before that life-changing trip. Or you can go here and read about that trip.
Then I read books like Crazy Love and I sit back and realize that I am not living out a Crazy Love kind of life toward others – or really even toward God.
Next I pick up Radical – still reading through it – and again I seem to feel that I am not living out what I should be. So there is the struggle. Are we trying to balance a life that we are called to live by our God with what this world is calling us to live? Or are we trying to simply live a life glorifying our Creator in all the facets and aspects of our lives?
What is balance really? We are all so quick to say we are trying to “balance it all” but really should we be balancing anything? Was God unclear when he laid out how we are called to live? Did he say “make sure and balance it all just right?” Or did he simply say “GO?”
www.dictionary.com put it this way:
bal·ance/ˈbæləns/ Show Spelled [bal-uhns] Show IPA noun, verb, -anced, -anc·ing.
1. a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
2. something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise.
3. mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior, judgment, etc.
4. a state of bodily equilibrium: He lost his balance and fell down the stairs.
5. an instrument for determining weight, typically by the equilibrium of a bar with a fulcrum at the center, from each end of which is suspended a scale or pan, one holding an object of known weight, and the other holding the object to be weighed.
6. the remainder or rest: He carried what he could and left the balance for his brother to bring.
7. the power or ability to decide an outcome by throwing one's strength, influence, support, or the like, to one side or the other.
I keep seeing the term “equilibrium” pop up when defining balance – and yet I do not recall the Bible ever saying we needed an equilibrium with respect to His word and the world.
So, the question I struggle with, that I watch others struggle with, that I read about even more struggling with. How do we live that out? How do we go about putting up new curtains in the kitchen when I could feed someone for a month through say, Compassion International. I am frugal by nature, but still I seem to be struggling with more purchases, more of my “want"/need” list, and just the day to day living life in America.
I can be like everyone else and justify – can’t we all do that? I can justify that God has “blessed” us so he must want me to have a nice home – with new curtains – right? Or has he blessed me so I can turn around and bless the next person? That is my question, how to I live a life to provide a home or refuge for my family, yet ensure that I am being the best steward I can be with all I have?
I read blogs of people who go with Compassion International to these third world countries and see so many people with less that I have in my bathroom – let alone new curtains in the kitchen. We are following this amazing youth minister as he travels through India – and man this stuff will make your head spin!! Like 700 families live in this one poor village and none have a bathroom!! None!! And I have been pining away for that 3rd bathroom for years. Man, I seem to be missing the BIG picture here!!
Finally as the holidays approach, will you join me (and many others) in being intentional about our choices? And check out this video – it will make you think. Again this year, I challenge you to consider the Advent Conspiracy.