Albert Einstein once said: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
How many of you have suffered injuries from riding a bicycle? I would say most of us have experienced some cuts and bruises as we learned to pedal our bikes and stay upright! Whether we realized it or not, learning to ride a bicycle was all about balance. And the best way to achieve that balance was to pedal forward and steadily.
There are a lot of gurus who will tell you how to achieve life balance through any number of methods. Perhaps you have tried some of these ways often advertised on the front cover of magazines found at grocery store check-out aisles. Try these fads if you must, but there is one way to balance life that has been proven true for centuries. Paul revealed it in his letter to the Philippians:
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 3:13-14
This spiritual advice from the Bible is a key to experiencing balance in life. The principles are basic, but the balance and strength are provided by the Holy Spirit as we move forward with His empowerment. What are those principles?
· Forget what is behind. Don’t be burdened by the past and its failures or successes. Keep moving forward!
· Strain toward what is ahead. Like an athlete running the race, keep your eyes focused on the finish line. Keep moving forward!
· Don’t Quit. Press on toward the goal. Only when we cross the finish line of Heaven itself will our race be over. Keep moving forward!
It’s like riding a bicycle! To live life the way God intended, remain in Christ Jesus and keep moving forward. Anything less causes us to lose our balance and take a tumble. So, simply put, forget what is behind, strain toward what is ahead, and don’t stop, don’t quit, and keep moving forward until the Lord calls you home!