… the thoughts from a life in the Son-shine State


My last post mentioned people’s perceptions of one of the greatest golfers the world has ever seen — Tiger Woods.

He’s a jerk.
He’s rude.
Why won’t he sign autographs?!

I don’t know.
I don’t know Tiger personally.

Colin Cowherd said something the other day that really was profound (at least I think so). *You can hear his radio show, The Herd, on ESPN Radio in the mornings.

[Paraphrase]

When people look at Tiger Woods, they see a jerk. When I look at Tiger Woods, I see someone that is focused and determined to win.

Cowherd then proceeded to talk about how perception is NOT always reality, and the reality is the best in the world are not balanced people.

Balance.

Should we strive to live balanced lives?

  • The greatest athletes are not balanced. They spend every day watching film, working on their mechanics, and strengthening their bodies. That’s why they are the best.
  • The most profitable stock brokers are not balanced. They spend all their time watching the numbers, making trades, and tracking trends. That’s why they are the best.
  • The most accomplished musicians are not balanced. They spend all their time honing their skill, researching new/different techniques, and collaborating with others to create new sounds. That’s why they are the best.
  • The most accomplished doctors, businessmen, writers, ministers… You get the point.
  • The perception is this: We want them to be balanced, normal people that value the same things we value (like getting an autograph).
    The reality is this: We are paying them to not be balanced, but instead be better than everyone else. If they were like us, they won’t be the best, but instead be status quo.

    In fact, we don’t apply this Balance Rule to a lot of things in life!

    What about when it comes to our faith?

  • What is the balance between sin and holiness?
  • What is the balance between being a lover of Jesus and a lover of the world?
  • What is the balance between words of life and words of death?
  • What is the balance between the flesh and the spirit?
  • And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. (Deut 6:5)

    That doesn’t sound balanced.
    It’s an all-or-nothing reality.

    I want to be ALL about God!
    I want to be ALL about the Mission!
    I want to be ALL about who He has created me to be!
    I want to be ALL about holiness!

      What about you?

    • Would you consider yourself a balanced person?
    • Have you, like me, been taught we should strive for balance?
    • Are there other scriptures in the Bible that deal with all-or-nothing issues? List one, or some. (Hint: there are many)
    • Steve

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