Have you ever noticed how balance (or lack thereof) seems to dictate so much of the peace and joy you experience in life? Standing on one foot with your eyes closed, looking at what you usually eat, your bank statement, how many hours you work, how much you play, time spent with family/friends, time spent in reflection with God—all will give you an idea of where you have balance… or not.
Christmastime seems to magnify the issue. Our own unrealistic expectations and those of our culture force us to look at the way we handle our time, our finances, our relationships, and our generosity. The signs of Peace and Joy! that are all around us are merely “wished for” places we would like to experience. Yet it is a time of celebration of the birth of Jesus—the only one who ever modeled true balance in all areas of life. If we are willing to trust in him and believe he truly wants us to have peace and joy in life we can ask him—the one who mastered it—to show us the way… what a concept! What a gift we received when he was born!
Judy Morgan, elder