I have been acutely aware of this concept lately, as I watch my 1-year-old son, Zachary, learn to walk.  He often has every intention of reaching his goal, but somehow, somewhere along the way, that little body of his fails him and he ends up on the ground, stunned at what just happened to him!  I often wonder if he wonders to himself, “Why won’t my body move like those big people?  Why do I always fall and they walk and run with ease!”

But what does it mean to be in spiritual balance?  And what makes me stumble?

In pondering this, I wonder if the equation for attaining spiritual balance is different from the typical, most often-cited ideas of balance.  In the world of accounting, balance is defined as “to be equal or proportionate to” and “to settle what remains by paying what is due on an account”.

Just as my little toddler Zachary stumbles as he learns to walk, I sometimes stumble as I learn to walk with the Lord in my spiritual walk.  And it hurts to fall down.  And I wonder, why do I stumble?

I wonder if I stumble because I try, in my humanness, to tip the scales to be equal parts me and equal parts God.

And I wonder if therein lies the problem!  A balanced spiritual walk with God really requires God being closer to 100% and me being closer to 0%.

Jesus has told us, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”.  I stumble when my focus is anything less than 100% on my Savior and His will for my life.  God is never the stumbling block! It is always me!  “Great peace have those who love your law, nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119:165).

I am learning I can’t have 50% of my focus on things of this world and 50% of my focus on Godly things and be in balance.  It is more all-or-nothing in terms of whether I stand or whether I stumble.  God doesn’t require 100% obedience for His outpouring of love and mercy and grace, but I need to be clear that stumbling is caused by my lack of focus, not God’s lack of power!

“Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will keep it to the end.  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.  Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.  Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!  Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, and give me life in your ways” (Psalm 119: 33-37)


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Hi Erin – I absolutely loved this bit: “A balanced spiritual walk with God really requires God being closer to 100% and me being closer to 0%.” I think I am going to make this my profile for the week so I can remember “more of Him, less of me = Balance. Lovely post
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Erin, love this… “A balanced spiritual walk with God really requires God being closer to 100% and me being closer to 0%.” I agree 100%! Christians often throw around the statement (with good intentions of course)… “oh, you just have to find the right balance with life and God,” but that’s not true at all. I like to think of it as being perfectly out-of-balance because that’s the way it should be. The scales should be completely tipped with God on top! Great post lovely friend.

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“My lack of focus, not God’s lack of power…” I love this. It is so true in my own life that as soon as my focus shifts so does my balance. Great post and super cute photo!

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