Undoubtedly, each of us has heard at one time or another that God is love (1 John 4:16). It is one of the key certainties that we have learned about who our Heavenly Father is and what His nature entails. Because of that truth, we can rest in the fact that our creator IS love and we can then view all of life’s situations and circumstances through that lens to make sure that we keep a proper view. Among many other benefits, that gives us assurance that God is not the source of the difficult obstacles in our life. Knowing that God is love enables the believer to live confidently in the middle of an uncertain world.
If you have been in church at least one more time than never, you have probably heard of grace. Somewhere along the line, you have surely heard or even said such things as “Oh, but for the grace of God, there go I” or “I sure thank God for His saving grace.” If a friend tells you that they think their actions are good enough to be saved, you may respond by letting them know that the Bible says we can only be saved by God’s grace and not by our works. Of course, “Amazing Grace” is perhaps the most well-known Christian song in human history. There is certainly no shortage of GRACE in our vocabulary.
Balance is a big key to a healthy lifestyle. Lately, it seems like experts in every field of study will offer some variation of that advice. You can ask any nutritionist and they’ll tell you that you need to consume the proper balance of fats, proteins, grains, dairy, and carbohydrates to function at your best. A physical trainer will tell you that you need to maintain a proper balance of strength and cardiovascular training to optimize your body’s fullest potential. It doesn’t stop there, though. The financial advice this world has to offer encourages you to balance your risk around your short-term and long-term goals, our governmental bodies pass laws that promote balance by providing individual equality while maintaining a sense of order for everyone, and the list goes on. All work and no play makes… well… I’ll let you finish that sentence.
Responsibility is a word that brings many images to mind. In some instances, it can describe a character trait that is synonymous with dependability. At one time or another, we all would like to hear one of our teachers or our boss describe us as showing a lot of responsibility. Most of the time in our society, however, that word is a noun used to describe some sort of task or duty. All of our lives, we hear that we have been given responsibilities. When you were three years old, you may have heard, “You’re an older sister now, Suzie, and you have more responsibilities.” What did your mom mean by that? Well, she probably meant that you can’t throw your toys around the baby, you’ll need to be quieter now so the baby can sleep, you’ll need to help feed the baby, or maybe even change diapers! Whatever it was, it probably revolved around the things you would have to DO in order to be a better big sister.