I once believed long ago my life was pretty well balanced. Being a very self-sufficient woman at the time, the world was my oyster to enjoy.

What does it mean to live a balanced Christian life?

"Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever."

I approached the lord in prayer and asked why the term "balanced life" has been continuously before me in thought. The response received was too many of his children are still living an unbalanced life, which requires immediate attention. Why?

Misconceived notion what it truly entails.

Where does Christ fit into the equation?

Allow me to share and never boastfully.

I once believed long ago my life was pretty well balanced. Being a very self-sufficient woman at the time, the world was my oyster to enjoy.

I held a successful career while in New York for more than 20 years in both the food industry and corporate realm.

As a single mother of three, finances were not an issue to care efficiently for my family. I had prided myself in providing my children a stable home and lifestyle as we traveled extensively and beyond our borders. A good education was important. I purposely resided within communities with the best public schools regardless the cost. Outward appearance said I was doing everything correct, living the good and seemingly balanced life. All and all this was half true.

You may say, "I do the same. There is nothing wrong with wanting to give your family the best you can afford." And you are correct, but at what cost?

"Therefore see that you walk carefully (living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil), not as the unwise, but as wise (sensible, intelligent, discerning people), making the very most of your time (on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence), because the days are (filled with) evil."

Let’s begin with the scale.

A scale is an instrument that holds two identical plates (height and size) on opposite's sides of each other to measure weight. Its primary function is to weigh the value of an item against that which is on the other side for balance.

"A just balance and scales are the lord's; all the weights in the bag are his work."

Balance refers to an even distribution of weight, which enables someone or something to remain steady. When one side of the scale weighs heavier than that which is on opposite side this creates an unbalance.

"A false balance is an abomination to the lord, but a just weight is his delight."

This concept can also refer how each of us lives a balanced life in the lord.

The danger of being spiritually unbalanced is the inability to hear and function successfully and as God intended.

"You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability."

On my personal scale (the left side) my weighty bricks unbeknownst to me were the following: career, finance, home, traveling, and pride.

Now you may say are we not to live the blessed life? Yes. But what standards of living do you measure as a good life?

Career, finance and a loving home is all good and acceptable before Christ as long as he is included in the equation.

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

My bricks over time at first appeared lovely. Life was great!

Then one day in 2009, I begin to feel the weight of the upkeep of life and no one knew. I began experiencing a strong distaste for the things I once valued as important. Headaches began to become a constant reminder of the stress I thought was held in check.

How many understand when you live an unbalanced life the enemy goes on attack.

"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."

Eventually your body begins to react as well through our mental, physical and oftentimes emotional state. Then come the unfortunate cycle of crash and burn (breakdown of body, spirit and soul).

This is when all the bricks you had carried over time as weighed down so that the scale of life becomes too heavy a burden.

"Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you."

You may say easier said than done for I don't have the same financial obligation as you do. In fact by faith and practice it can become easier for is it not written: Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Living a balanced Christian life will require discipline and patience to achieve success. Come back next week to learn what it will take to balance the scale in your favor.

Until next week, be blessed and continue to bless others along the way. Go in peace.

Bible references: 1 John 2:15-17; Proverbs 16:11; Proverbs 11:1; 2 Peter 3:17; 1 Peter 5:8; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Peter 5:7. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse.

Contributing Writer Edith Nevis can be reached at 985-857-2200 or at edith.nevis@houmatoday.com.