Devotional for Thursday January 4th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “The boundary lines have fallen for me in beautiful places; indeed I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Be thankful for what you have.”


A couple of days ago I was having a conversation with a friend who is dealing with a lot of challenges in life. This person has a spouse with a long-term illness, family members dealing with various difficult life-issues, a couple of grandchildren with some health issues, and an often stressful work environment.


But as we were talking this individual said, “I have a beautiful life. I am so blessed!” She went on to say “Despite the challenges, I am a very fortunate person and I am grateful.” We then moved on to talk about a mutual friend of ours who is currently serving as a medical missionary in a refugee camp in a remote location on the other side of the world. The refugees have been forced to flee from their homes, they left all their possessions behind, and they are now living in tents with an uncertain future.


Our First-World problems are not problems at all compared to what multiple millions of people around the world are dealing with everyday. To remind me of that I keep a note to myself in my Bible which reads, “Many millions of people around the world would love to have your life.”


I love the picture King David painted for us in Psalm 16:6. When he wrote that “the boundary lines” had fallen for him in beautiful places he was referring to the contours of his life. He was thinking of things like health, family, home, profession, friends, etc. His life wasn’t perfect by a long shot, but it was pretty good and he was grateful for it. That’s what my friend meant when she made a similar comment about her own life – not perfect by a long shot, but pretty darn good just the same.


King David’s lessons is and important one. One of the primary reasons our lives get out of balance is because we’re not grateful and we’re not satisfied. Therefore many of us work excessive hours of overtime so we can afford the payments on things like a boat and a camper (which we seldom use because we work so much!) Or we spend numerous hours in the gym trying to achieve the perfect body while our spouse and children wait at home, starving for some of our attention. Or we become so obsessed with children’s sports leagues (which play many of their games on Sunday mornings now) that we have the whole family out of church and at a soccer game instead – and so our spiritual lives get neglected.


In order to achieve proper balance in life we have to be willing to give the important areas of our lives the time and attention they need in order to be healthy and thriving. If one area is getting more than its share of time or attention that will necessarily mean that one or more other areas are being neglected. The result will be a life that is out of balance.


Rather than getting obsessive about one particular area of your life (to the detriment of other areas), I encourage you to learn to be content and to strive instead for good balance instead.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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