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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Extra (08/29/13)

TITLE: Balancing Acts
By Tim Pickl
08/31/13


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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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Camille (C D) Swanson 09/05/13
Very important lesson and one that many will appreciate reading. Time reminder to use our time as Christians well and not stress ourselves out. Even Jesus told His apostles to "go and rest" so they wouldn't overtax themselves.

(Mark 6:31)And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.

Nicely done and nicely told.

God bless~
Camille (C D) Swanson 09/05/13
Supposed to be: Timely reminder.

Thanks again.

God bless~
Brenda Rice 09/08/13
This is very good advice in a well written devotion. Thanks for sharing what you have learned the hard way with us.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/12/13
Congratulations for ranking 7th in your level! (The highest rankings can be found on the message boards)