And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. (Genesis 2:2 NRSV)
Some of us are experiencing the "paralysis of analysis." Until God gives us some sign that He is real and in control we remain immobile. It is amazing how many truly passive Christians there are in this world. Two-thirds won't even bother to roll out of bed on the average Sunday morning. Most are decent law-abiding folks. But no one could accuse them of being spiritual workaholics.

Then there are a few blessed saints on the opposite extreme. They have a great deal of anxiety if they are not doing something constructive every moment of the day. Our Japanese friends seem to have this ethic built into their way of life. We are told that whenever you ask a Japanese how he is doing, he almost always replies, "Oh, I'm quite busy."

Some of us are like that. We are ready to jump into action at a moment's notice not because our faith compels us, but because we are uncomfortable being still. God simple calls us to have a balanced life. One of sharing our faith and one of deepening our faith.

Dear God, show me the way to build a healthy balance in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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