Disclaimer: this blog post contains a very strong Spiritual perspective and several passages of Scripture.
Our pastor started a new sermon series on building our homes and families this past Sunday. The title of the sermon was: What Matters Most. The focus was on learning to live a life of balance.
As I was listening to the sermon, bits & pieces from this MKMMA course continued to run through my mind. It was amazing how everything flowed together from the concept of God’s Natural Laws through our responses to them.
The primary purpose in learning the Master Key is to leverage nature’s laws to our benefit. Matthew chapter 7 is Jesus’ discourse on how we are to live. If we want to improve the outcome of our lives, we will not ignore the key principles He teaches. In verses 24-27, He tells us:
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Just as the lessons in MKMMA build upon each other, the events in our lives are connected. What we are today is a result of the decisions (and our thoughts) from yesterday and today’s decisions and thoughts will determine who we are tomorrow. The Law of Growth is always at work whether we choose to acknowledge its existence and utilize it for our benefit or remain ignorant of its existence and impact in our lives.
A life of balance is living with set priorities and self-control. Proverbs 25:28 reads, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” When I think about a lack of self-control, I think about young children.
I heard a child development specialist once say that self-control is managed in the frontal lobe of the brain. As children’s brains develop from the bottom to top and back to front, the frontal lobe is the last part to become fully developed. Development starts about age 5 or 6 and continues through age 8 or 9. That little bit of biological information totally changed my view of my pre-school son’s uncontrolled temper tantrums. I cannot expect him to have complete self-control if he is not physically capable of it. I also think that as adults, if we do not continue to utilize and grow that part of our brain, the connections are lost and it takes more work to rebuild them. Therefore, it is in our best interest to practice self-control in all areas of our lives.
A life of balance & self-control is also built upon our coming to peace with how God has made us as individuals and accepting His direction in our lives. Og tells us in Scroll IV that we are unique and “[God’s] greatest miracle.” Psalm 139:13-16 says:
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
As someone who struggles with negative self-image issues, internalizing this Scripture and Scroll IV is a very difficult process. 31 Days of reading Scroll IV is going a long way to cementing the ideas in my mind and heart.
We also need to learn how to balance our personal and professional lives. Og also tells us in Scroll IV:
The problems of my home will be left in my home. I will think naught of my family when I am in the market place for this will cloud my thoughts. So too will the problems of the market place be left in the market place and I will think naught of my profession when I am in my home for this will dampen my love.
There is no room in the market place for my family, nor is there room in my home for the market. Each I will divorce from the other and thus will I remain wedded to both. Separate must they remain or my career will die.
In that same way, we are to balance work & rest (the Law of Relaxation). Rest is built into our makeup. God rested on the seventh day after the six days of creation and He commands us to do likewise. Just as a bow that is always bent will eventually break, a man who works continually will eventually breakdown. Proverbs 14:30 says, “A relaxed attitude lengthens a person’s life.”
As always, God knows just what I need at each moment of my life and there are times when He has to hit me over the head with it. My lesson this week was to be more balanced in all areas of my life. As this message is being taught church-wide, my son is hearing the same lessons. As I review what he learns with him, the message is reinforced in my heart & mind as well. After a crazy week of application of balance and self-control, I hope I am ready for the lesson God has for me this week.
See y’all soon!
Note: all Scripture passages are taken from the English Standard Version.