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Balancing Acts
by Tim Pickl 
09/12/13
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"And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two."
Matthew 5:41 New King James Version (NKJV)


When I became a Christian, I zealously pursued "going the extra mile" for everyone I met who needed help. As you can imagine, it wasn’t very long until I found myself in a whirlwind of helping others, while my other obligations were sorely neglected.

Let me give you an example: One morning, I received an urgent call from a friend who desperately needed a ride to work. I wanted to say no, because I was about to leave for work myself. But I did it anyway, and ended up being late for work, and they fired me. (It wasn’t the first time I helped someone in this way). The consequences of knowing to do what’s right, and then not doing it—such as going to work when you are expected to—is sin. (James 4:17)

What God taught me was that I need to balance my "heavenly" acts of going the extra miles to help others with my "down to earth" obligations to my marriage, my family and my home. I desire that balance so others will see Jesus in me—in us—it is my deepest prayer and hope, because the time is short. Jesus is returning!


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Father, thank You for the lessons You’ve taught me all along the path of living in Christ. Help me to stay balanced with heavenly aspirations and still be earthly good, so I will be 110% effective for You today. In Your Name Jesus, I pray. Amen.




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