The Balanced Life


by John Grant

free online Christian devotionalBut he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9

Life is balanced between hills and valleys. It is not all honey and no bees. It is not all roses and no thorns. There are good days and bad ….. high experiences and low ones.

The view from the top of the mountains of life is awesome, but the growth comes in the valleys. Sometimes God puts us on our backs in the valleys so all we can do is to look up.

Recently I heard a story about one man who told another: “I wish you enough.” When asked to explain, here was his response.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.”

Our life is often like that. God gives us enough difficulties to help us appreciate the joys of life. He gives us the hard times so that we may enjoy the good ones. Times of trouble are times for spiritual growth.

God gives us times of weakness to develop the spiritual muscles needed for times of strength. God gives us a balanced life to prepare us for an eternity with Him where there will be no more tears and an eternity of joy with Him.
(a thought on life from John Grant )

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John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney


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