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Topic: Extra (08/29/13)
TITLE: Balancing Acts
By Tim Pickl
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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!
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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