Living with Balanced Priorities

Hell has a voracious appetite,
and lust just never quits (Prov 27:20, The Message)

Death and the Grave are never satisfied.
 People’s eyes are never satisfied either. (Prov 27:20, NIRV)

Meditation

My earthly father left me with a role model that challenges me to be caring, responsible and diligent.  Family should know that they are lovedFamily should never want for anythingFamily should enjoy the best of everything.  Good intentions, right?  I stress-out, however, when this role is out-of-balance with the role and abilities that my heavenly Father has given me.

Out-of-balance caring, responsibility and diligence, lead to narcissistic, ulcer-prone, materialistic kids.  In Kings, we learn that King Ahaziah was an evil king because of parental training (1Kgs 22:52).  For Herod’s birthday, Herodias daughter requested the head of John the Baptist, on a platter, at the prompting of her mother (Mt 14:6-8).  David, the warrior king who brought peace to Israel’s borders, could not build peace at home.  David’s first son Amnon raped his half-sister Tamar.  David’s third son, Absalom, murdered Amnon, attempted to topple his father throne and was killed by his father’s troops. 

By contrast, Paul complimented and complemented the faith passed to Timothy by Lois, his grandmother, and Eunice, his mother.  He writes, “I know that you now have that same faith.  That is why I remind you to use the gift God gave you. … Now let it grow, as a small flame grows into a fire.  God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid. He gave us a spirit of power and love and self-control. (2 Tim 1:5-7, (ICB))

Application

As men, we must guard against activity that masquerades as purpose.  We model Christlike manhood by purposeful activity and balance.  We learn and teach Christlikeness by thought-filled motivation and action.  In 2 Tim 3:17, we learn, “…the person who serves God will be ready and will have everything he needs to do every good work.” 

In the verses just before this (2Tim 3:15-16), Paul advises Timothy (and us) on how and why scripture keeps us in-check and in-balance.  Daily scripture and prayerful contemplation teach balanced living, in every area of life, because scripture is in-breathed with God’s insight that is applied by His Spirit.

Next Steps

“A man reaps what he sows” (Gal 6:7). Balanced living (or imbalanced living) has consequences, now, and across generations.     

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”   – Francis Chan, American preacher, pastor and chancellor of Eternity Bible College