Three Steps to Spiritual Equilibrium

December’s holiday feasting has left me a little…out of balance.

I need a return to equilibrium.

Just like our bodies thrive in a state of balance between calories in and calories out, our souls require spiritual input to energize output.

Spiritual feasting at conferences, retreats, or in personal periods of prayer and reflection is as satisfying as a delicious holiday dinner.  However, too much intake without an outlet can leave us feeling over-saturated, like stagnant ponds.

Conversely, in response to the many needs around us good-hearted people give, help, and serve to the point of exhaustion.  Too much spiritual output without replenishment leaves us lifeless and ineffective, like dried up river beds.

 I don’t want to be a stinky pond or a crusty river bed.  Do you?  I didn’t think so.

Here are three steps to maintaining spiritual equilibrium:

1. Locate the Source.  As a Christian I believe that there is only one spring from which unlimited and life-giving energy flows.  Jesus put it this way, “Whoever believes in me…streams of living water will flow from within him.”  John, who documented Jesus’ statement, added this clarification: “By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believe in him were later to receive.”  John 7:38-39

2. Evaluate the balance of your spiritual “input” and “output.”  Compare the time you spend with Jesus with the time you serve in his name.  Obviously, this is just a rough comparison – don’t get carried away!  But, you might be surprised at what your analysis reveals.

3. Purposefully balance the scales.

If you feel dry and empty, intentionally make time to sit with Jesus in prayer, Bible study or other disciplines.  Start with a plan you’ll be able to follow, and then watch Jesus energize you!

If, on the other hand, you notice a little algae growing in your soul, I suggest stirring things up with service.  For best results, do something that is completely outside of your experience and aptitude.

For example, I once (inexplicably) responded to a Saturday morning request for volunteers to prepare a building for renovation into a youth center.  (Code for demolition with jack-hammers and crow-bars.)   I quickly realized that this service opportunity was way outside of my aptitudes and experience!

At first, I pulled weeds in a courtyard garden while the other three (male) volunteers took turns breaking up a concrete floor with a jack-hammer.   Warming up to the situation, I then took a crow-bar to a wall-mounted cabinet and tore it apart.  Yep.  The guys even gave me a turn with the jack-hammer.   That stirred up my spiritual pond quite effectively!

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We find spiritual equilibrium as we refresh ourselves in the stream of living water that Jesus offers and then serve in His name.  One without the other is as lifeless as a stagnant pond or a dry river bed.

Do find it challenging to maintain your spiritual equilibrium?  How have you experienced the power and refreshment of living water?

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”  Jesus, in Revelation 21:6

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16 Responses to Three Steps to Spiritual Equilibrium

  1. mac says:

    Its great reading these article .thanks so much for this insight.

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  3. Caddo Veil says:

    Okay, if you’ve already addressed this and I’ve forgotten, or missed it, you can direct me to the post link. What is on my mind is: what’s the difference, or the line–between “having opinions” and “being judgmental”? I grew up thinking everyone had a right to their opinions–and I know God does NOT want us to judge; and Joyce Meyer advises, “don’t give your opinion if it hasn’t been solicited”. Maybe I’m stuck on semantics, but it seems like opinion ARE judgments… Thanks, Judy.

  4. Debbie says:

    Oh yes, there IS that: balance.
    It’s easier, sometimes to serve until we’re served out and then soak until we’re bloated. 😀
    Good points, Judy!

  5. Nice perspective. Thank you for sharing Judy! Happy New Year my friend!

  6. Caddo Veil says:

    Good post, Judy. And I’m craving a bowl of oatmeal, go figure!

  7. optimisticgladness says:

    This is terrific! Thank you for including the visuals. Have you heard about the sit, soak and sour principal? Sit in the pew, soak all the worship and teaching in, then not serve….therefore we sour. Thank you for this great illustration.

  8. Larry Who says:

    “…Do find it challenging to maintain your spiritual equilibrium?”

    A long time ago, the Lord taught me there were no days off in walking with Him. So, because of that, I rise early every morning – holidays, vacations, and whatever – spend time in prayer, praise, and the Word. Then, I’m ready for the day.

    • Judy says:

      That is such an excellent practice, Larry. I aspire to such early morning disciplines, but cannot claim to be as regular as you. I’m not much of a morning person:) I usually work it in at some point during the day. Thanks Larry!

  9. Hi Judy,
    I don’t know how you found my blog today, but I am SO glad you did! You have such a refreshing way of writing the truth. I love the scriptures you used in this post. (they made me a little weepy, I must admit). I’m in constant awe of the love and promises of Jesus. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope to make more connections with you.

    • Judy says:

      I clicked on your blog after reading your story on Deep and Wonderful thoughts. Nice to meet you:) Thank you for stopping by and for your encouraging comment!

  10. Cara Olsen says:

    Judy,

    Yes, that is it exactly: out of balance. This year exempt, the holidays usually leave me hankering for normalcy and starving for routine, and meals that don’t involve some sort of creamy sauce or buttery filling. As my life currently seeks to be one big nightamrical holiday, I feel quite of balance all the time; however, even though I did not experience this season as I might normally have, I am still, in the wake of returning decorations to their boxes and tossing out saran-wrapped plates of cookies, looking forward to the predicability of a Monday evening. Maintaining equilibrium as you put it is a struggle, but it’s one worth striving for. I’ll do well to remember the source of such good things.

    Happy New Year to you!

    Cara

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