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This past Saturday I celebrated a birthday. It took me a long time to get to this one, and I got to it a lot faster than I thought I would. One thing that I’ve learned about life on the way to this birthday is the importance of balance and direction. Albert Einstein learned this too. He said, Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” I know this is true.

The Bible gives life its proper balance and direction. The balance involves learning how to have, and behave according to, the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:5). The direction involves moving forward, “forgetting those things that are behind,” and continuing to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13, 14). “When I’m anxious,” someone once said, “it’s because I’m living in the future, and when I’m depressed it’s because I am living in the past.”

A life properly balanced and directed by the Bible makes for a better ride through life — a better ride for you and anyone else you might have on board. It sure helps you take the bumps and stay on track better. I’m still finding this out.


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