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{May 1, 2009}   The Balancing Beam of Life

Life is learning, and most of the time its lessons come from unusual places. Like from a game of marbles…but I will get to that later on.

          Of all the ways to learn life lessons, animation is the best, and Disney is the world’s best in generating animated cartoons.

          Disney is important to this lesson because they have a new movie released this December featuring the first black Disney princess ever. And, when I heard this news I was ecstatic, but not only for the cultural enrichment, but for the lesson it told.

          And it’s lesson is about balance.

          Ecclesiastes 7:16-18 says, “So don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself? On the other hand, don’t be too wicked either – don’t be a fool! Why should you die before your time? So try to walk a middle course – but those who fear God will succeed either way.”

          The key theme to this verse is balance.

          One-sided people can never get very far in life because eventually they’ll have run themselves so far away from people that there won’t be anyone left (that they haven’t offended) to bring them back to a middle course.

          I remember in high school I had a tendency to be overly literal about every scripture in the Bible, not because I wanted to be stuck in the bubble that I was in, but because I didn’t know how to get out of it. I’d always been raised in the church, so I didn’t know how to think any other way.

          Luckily, that’s what other people, and the master of the universe, are for. It was certain people that God brought into my life that got me out of my bubble, and he orchestrates these things through our interactions with other people.

          Our day-to-day experiences with others are similar to a game of marbles. The shooter marble orchestrates how each of the smaller marbles hit one another in an attempt to get the marbles out of the circle.

          Likewise, God sends people into our lives in order to propel us to higher heights. And, even in the instance that the marble doesn’t get out of the circle just yet, at least it moved.

          Ultimately, the marble has to get out of the circle and will, because that’s the meaning of the game, or life. It’s about changes and honoring God in those changes with balance whether you choose to or not.

          All in all, too much of any good thing can become a man’s vice, and the lessoned to be learned here is that an unbalanced airplane can never fly.

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