In case you were not at church on Sunday for the big announcement, Emma is pregnant and we are expecting our first child in March! We are super excited about this, and cannot wait to meet the little monster in six months.
This has already been a strange experience, and yet the ironic part about something so hugely life changing as this, is that not much has changed so far. I mean, sure, pregnancy is super weird and we have had to go to the doctor more often than in our entire lives combined, but by and large our daily lives haven’t changed too much. Which is why I am glad that this whole process takes 9 months. I know our lives will never be the same and an 8 hour night of sleep will be gone with the wind, and so we are savoring these last few months.
This has provided a great balance, with the excited anticipation of our first child’s birth, mixed with our powerful and deep love of sleep and peaceful quiet around the house. I think that most things in life are about balance. The old adage, “everything in moderation” works for most things, because moderation is very conducive to balance. I wrote about the astronomy crash course videos I had recently watched in last week’s blog, and since then, I have moved on to the anatomy and physiology lesions, where I have learned that your body needs balance to survive. It’s called homeostasis. I learned that the only real cause of death is a loss of homeostasis, in one form or another.
Our whole lives are about balance physiologically, emotionally, temporally, and even spiritually. And while most people realize this, I think it is easy to misunderstand how to have spiritual balance. In our modern culture of compartmentalization, it can become easy to think that we balance our lives by spreading our time and energy out over the things that matter: work, school, family, God, hobbies, etc.
The problem with this, is that it makes God just another thing in your life. Like an interest you “like” on Facebook. So we end up naming God with other things we care about like Harry Potter, baking and college football. But God isn’t a hobby. Our spirituality will be quite useless to us if we treat it like a hobby.
I think a better way to look at spiritual balance is to make sure that we look for God in all of those things we care about. Find ways to make God the lens through which you see your career, even if your job has nothing to do with the Church. Are you working in a way that contributes to the flourishing of God’s creation and the wellbeing of all God’s people? That may seem like a strange question to ask if you’re an accountant, but it’s a vital question because God calls us all to ministry, no matter what career you’re called to pursue.
Is God at the center of my family? Do we pray together, and not just before meals? Are you teaching your children about God, or are you expecting the church to do that for you?
I think spiritual homeostasis is found when God is present in all things that we do. When we relegate God to Sunday morning, our lives fall out of balance the rest of the week. When we include God in some things we do, but not others, then our lives are out of balance. There’s no such thing as a part-time Christian. I mean, there are a lot of people interested in that idea, but it doesn’t exist. Christ was pretty clear about that.
Balance is a hard thing to find, and even harder to maintain for a lifetime, but when we keep God at the heart of all that we do and all that we are, when God is truly the thing that best defines us, then God takes care of the balance for us.
Thank you for being such a wonderful and supportive community. Emma and I are so fortunate to have you all in our lives and to celebrate with us in this new baby adventure. You help us to stay balanced, and I pray that together, with the help of God, we can all find balance in our lives.
Have a wonderful week my friends,