The older I get the more I believe that BALANCE is one of the greatest keys to everything in life. 

In “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” Eugene H. Peterson says, “It is the nature of sin to take good things and twist them, ever so slightly, so that they miss the target to which they were aimed, the target of God.”

Satan is the father of all lies.  All he has to do is make us believe one small lie.  That lie keeps our view of some key issue in life clouded, so our actions (though perhaps well intended) are wrong. 

Unless we are constantly in prayer asking God to open our eyes, allow us to see ourselves and others the way HE sees us and to break our hearts over what breaks His heart, we will go through life myopicallly out of balance...unknowingly destroying something important.  Those who are changed by our well-intended but misguided actions are blinded in perhaps a different way but they have been damaged by our out-of-balance influence.

And the beat goes on.  Generations are changed, blinded by one “small” lie.

There is hope, though, for us and for those who have been influenced by our blind spots.  As we take seriously our influence on others, make it a passion to continually ask God to open our eyes and as we lean into His correction and direction, our lives will reflect more balance as will our words.  God is faithful.  His grace and mercy are sufficient to cover and redeem the old and bless the new balance.  He will allow us to have a fresh influence and the opportunity to correct the old as He gives us the opportunity and the wisdom.  He will work out the details and His plan for healing as we pray and do the work.  We must take hope in that!

Lord, open our eyes.

Psalm 127 (Message Bible)

A Pilgrim Song of Solomon

1-2 If God doesn't build the house, the builders only build shacks.
If God doesn't guard the city,
the night watchman might as well nap.
It's useless to rise early and go to bed late,
and work your worried fingers to the bone.
Don't you know he enjoys
giving rest to those he loves?

3-5 Don't you see that children are God's best gift?
the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior's fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don't stand a chance against you;
you'll sweep them right off your doorstep.