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I was writing a friend and mentioning some things about where he was at this point in his life. His responsibilities are many and all very complicated. It demands balance.

This made me think of the semicircular canals which are appropriately part and parcel of our hearing. Why would hearing and balance go together?

Spiritually, it’s an easier dynamic to discover than to master.

If we don’t “hear” God on a moment-by-moment basis, it’s pretty certain we will trip over the curbs in life. Worse yet, over a period of time , we can drift slowly or quickly from God and this can cause a spiritual vertigo that could make physical dizziness seem like a cakewalk – and anyone who has experienced dizziness will tell you it’s a horrible sensation.

The semicircular canals have built-in checks and balances depending on which way you move (i.e. to the right or left, up or down, etc.).

What are the checks and balances for us as spiritual beings? I have to go to the “Main Man” on this one: Jesus.

Jesus’ sense of centering was always His Dad. He said He did what His Father did and He only spoke what He heard His Papa say. (John 5:19, John 12:49)

I think that’s why He said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

God is our primary centering. A predetermined point like the North Star can be a sure reference point for an old-time ship captain.

But balance for balance sake is for the birds. If you’re fixed point of reference is off, your spiritual semicircular canals can get confused and cause a lot worse damage than tripping over a curb.

People have admirably tried to keep their lives in balance through a regimen of physical, mental, relational and sometimes spiritual juggling.

But if God and the people He’s put in your life to love and serve are not the center of your universe, you’re going to see stars.
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