>Galatians 6:4

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. (MSG)

Now that we have thought about the four areas of balance: our relationship with God, our relationship with others, our physical health, and our ability to gain wisdom, it’s time to focus in on one area and take action. What’s the area of improvement that stands out to you today? This is not a competition to try to become better than someone else. As we have studied God’s Word over the last few weeks, what has stood out as an area to focus on?

God has uniquely created each of us. He planned for us to have the gifts, talents, looks and disposition that we currently have. Even the four areas of wisdom, stature, favor with God and with people is going to look a little different on each of us. Ed Young, Jr. put it this way, “Don’t try to be someone else. You be you. Because if you aren’t, there’ll be a hole in history and a gap in God’s creative order.”[1]

Now that doesn’t mean that we should resign ourselves to the thought that what we are now is all that we will ever be. God has a plan for each of us. Taking the next step in finding God’s balance is part of what God has for each of us.

What’s your area of focus? Go ahead and name it. Then, go back and review the lesson on that aspect of God’s balance for your life. What is your next step?

Copyright © 2009 by Allen White
Scripture quotations taken from The Message. Copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. All rights reserved.
[1] http://twitter.com/EdYoung. Accessed October 6, 2009 at 9:41 am EST.

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