How Balanced Are You?

Balance. It’s a thing. 

She toddles toward me, hands outstretched. My eyes are wide, excited and inviting, “Come on,” I urge with a half whisper. A foot lifts, and then another. A wobbly sort of drunken-sailor-tilt, propels her miniature body. A little too far to one side and then the other, she comes closer. And then, just before she lands backwards onto her padded behind, I grab her and pull her into my arms. 

In another setting, on a different day, I watched the labored lift and fall of my mother-in-law’s walker as she neared. After several falls, she had submitted to the encumbrance of a metal walker. Instead of tipping on two legs, she added four more for balance. 

Off kilter, from smooth babyhood to bent wrinkled-hood, gravity from one source or another pulls at us. It tips our mind and hearts, sideways and backwards, and sometimes we fall. 

A definition of balance is, “the ability to move or to remain in a position without losing control or falling.”

In fact, balance has been an issue since the Garden of Eden. All of creation was thrown into tilted chaos by a spiritual decision. Adam and Eve’s gigantic fall complicates all of humankind, and heads us in the same depraved direction.  

Balance in the Christian walk often resembles a tightrope walker, or sometimes a trip-line-stumbler. 

What I find most alarming is that left alone, my perception of balance is…unbalanced. 

Like political lines drawn in the sand, if our balance does not begin with truth, it becomes skewed. Factional. Lopsided. When we lilt too far one way or the other, our perception betrays us.  What I find most alarming is that left alone, my perception of balance is…unbalanced. Share on X

Jesus lived in perfect balance. He knew when to speak and when to keep silent. He understood compassion yet required obedience. He worked relentlessly yet knew when to rest. He spent time with people and carved moments alone with God. Jesus lived in perfect balance Share on X

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Jn 1:14 NASB) 

And He balanced everything with grace and truth. 

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17 NASB)

We cannot be people of grace without being people of truth. We cannot be people of truth without being people of grace. And only Jesus got the balance perfectly. 

When my spiritual balance is out of kilter, it messes up pretty much every layer of my life. My balance grows myopic in nature. That’s why it requires a stable foundation. That’s why someone waiting on the other side with arms out, or by my side with a hand on my elbow brings equilibrium.

I want to be compassionate to the needs and situations of others, but it’s a bit like carrying an overflowing pitcher of water. It splashes too much one way and then too much the other. Jesus never compromised grace for truth nor truth for grace. 

Compassion is no longer compassionate if it erases or obliterates grace for truth or truth for grace. The cost was too high to take lightly. Jesus gave His life so that we might be saved by undeserved grace. Yet truth demanded the penalty for our sins to be paid. Jesus died on the cross without compromising either grace or truth. He fulfilled the requirement of both in perfect self-sacrificing balance. 

If you find culture’s hurricane winds bending your balance like the branch of a tree while you strive for grace and truth, there is a place to find it. Open the Bible and dig into truth.

 There, in its pages, we learn from the only One who balanced life perfectly. 

“That I may know Him,” Paul said in Philippians 3:10. (ESV)

The Father’s hand steadies me as I learn to know more of Him. 

As I get older, I find myself reaching out a hand to steady myself more times per day than I’d like to admit. Balance is a thing. 

When our feet or minds tangle in the controversies of today, it is imperative for us to remember Who stands firm for all time. Lean on His sure Word. Run into His arms.

15 Replies

  1. Ann Newcomer Reply

    So good, Sylvia! Thanks for your eloquent reminders to run to Him.

  2. Kim Allen Reply

    Thank you for that reminder!

    • sylvia schroeder Reply

      Thank you Kim for reading it and responding. It’s great to hear from you!

  3. Nancy E. Head Reply

    Lovely post, Sylvia. He is grace, love, truth, light…and on. He keeps us upright.

    Thanks and God bless!

    • sylvia schroeder Reply

      Thank you Nancy! I love that thought, because He is so much more than we can begin to understand or fathom.

  4. Allyson Alderfer Reply

    Yes Sylvia! You said it perfectly!

  5. Katherine Pasour Reply

    You’re absolutely right, Sylvia, we only find balance through our relationship with Jesus. Our resources are Scripture, prayer, and fellowship with other believers. Balance requires a strong foundation, and our study of God’s Word and ongoing prayer can grant us that solid rock to stand upon. Thank you for this inspiring message, Sylvia.

  6. Nancy Reply

    “Grace and truth” …. That balance always intrigues me and illudes me. I love that passage in John 1. And verse 16 too.
    “From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace”
    Thank you Jesus, for your abundant grace upon grace upon grace upon grace! Amen!!!

    • sylvia schroeder Reply

      Nancy, I love that observation. What a wonderful verse you’ve shared. How amazing is His grace upon grace. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

  7. Bob Swanson Reply

    Our pastor did an illustration of grace and truth and had the grace folks go to one side of the church and the truth folks go the other side of the church, and he talked about the balance of grace and truth in our lives. We cannot be all truth with no grace and all grace with no truth.

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      Bob, I really like that! What a great illustration your pastor gave. Thank you so much for sharing it!

  8. J.D. Wininger Reply

    Great post Ms. Sylvia. I have discovered that I am “perfectly imperfect” and this affects my balance. Perhaps there’s others like me, but perfectly balanced is a fleeting instance, as I’m constantly in motion, spiritually and emotionally. Subtle shifts and I find myself having to adjust to counteract that minute change. Knowing that we can rely upon our Lord to help us detect those small changes and move us back toward our center, where He awaits us, brings peace. Enjoyed ma’am.

    • Sylvia Schroeder Reply

      I soooo understand the “perfectly imperfect”. Thanks so much for your insight. Being as you say “constantly in motion, spiritually and emotionally,” describes it well. We are so very blessed to be able to trust the Lord move our hearts to Him as center. Really appreciate your input, J.D.