There is an old children’s song we use to sing,
“When you’re up you’re up
And when you’re down you’re down
And when you’re only halfway up
You’re neither up nor down.”
“Halfway up,” That’s where we need to be.
Balance is key. Medication can help in this area but there is no magic pill you can take. A certain amount of exercise as well as resting, also a certain amount of sleep (depending on each individual) and a normal diet is important.
Sleep, for some it may only be 6 hours for others it may be 10 or 12 but it should never be as little as just 2 or 3 or as much as 13 hours or more.
This is what I have found personally and health professionals have shared with me.
Being halfway up applies to staying balanced in every aspect of life. This doesn’t mean you’re lukewarm or accomplishing half-assed missions/purpose in life it just means you’re grounded and able to have ‘meekness’ which is power under control, like a useful ox or work horse.
When you are energetic enough to pull off great feats but don’t go overboard to the point of being annoying & obnoxious you’ll endure, accomplishing great things & those around you will appreciate you much more as well.
My dad always had a saying, “Don’t have your head so far in the clouds that you’re of no use down here.” Or “Don’t be so heavenly minded you’re of no earthly good”. I heard a Christian I admire say that’s not true, ‘If we are very heavenly minded we’ll be of great earthly use and our employers and families will desire to become Christ-like and wish more Christian were in the world.
However, I understand what my dad was saying, if we are out of touch with our fellow man & don’t realize their actions & thoughts are only like ours were before we encountered Christ we may have the tendency to come across haughty, lofty & push them down even further, pushing them away rather than pulling them up & in closer to Christ.
We look forward to going to God’s Kingdom, in heaven, but the Kingdom of God living starts when we begin a relationship with Jesus & our lives are lived out in dedication to Him here on earth, loving others as well love ourselves & as He loves us.
Christ set a great example while here on earth. He associated with those others saw as sinners, lowly & lost.
There were only 12 close followers (disciples) that learned for Him that it was God’s intentions to sit & talk to a prostitute, interact with tax collectors who were cheating others. I feel like the world needs more”Down to earth” believers who are willing to accept The Lord’s prayer, pray it & live it,
“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
as well as be open to loving ‘sinners’ without confessing that with loving sin.
Don’t confess showing kindness to someone who doesn’t know Christ means that you’re a sinner too. Let others see the stability that comes in a Christian centered life without flaunting some type of, ‘God loves me more’ attitude. Show the fruit of the Spirit in you (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness gentleness, faithfulness & self-control, not self-righteousness.
Note that in God’s Word he doesn’t tell us to condem others for their ways He just calls us to live pleasing to Him, let Him do the conviction.
We see John 3:16 held up but I think sometimes we forget John 3:17
God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:17 NLT
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:17 NIV
Before I get too far off subject, let’s remember that God’s Word is for all those who will listen. His Word is written to bring all of us to an understanding of who He is and He is more than able to touch human hearts and bring them to a relationship with Him than we are.
Now that we have a relationship with Him His Word tells us how to please Him and that does not involve taking over the job of His Holy Spirit, The One Who will bring people to repentance & enter in lives making them whole, complete & giving stability/balance between mental, physical & Spiritual matters.
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out!
Beware of destroying one another.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants.
And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.
These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.
Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Galatians 5:14-23 NLT
Jesus sat & at times surrounded Himself with those, who religious people considered dirty, unworthy & full of sin.
He bent down and washed feet, He asked to enter the home of a deceitful man. HE truly dwelled with the lowly without letting it bring Him down.
We all love a good high, mentally, spiritually & physically but that doesn’t mean we should constantly strive to stay high all the time. Too high, off balance, to the point of being unstable.
People need us & if we are just caught up in our own mind, too high, nobody can reach us & we can’t reach them, we’ll miss opportunities.
Also, if we are so blinded by our own oppositions that we forget others may need our hands up more than just a handout we’ll surly die unsatisfied with what might have been.
Balance is not easy. For some it is hard to be in this world without being part of it but as Christ becomes more & more important to us and He possess us we become a mode of transportation, an instrument, for Him to reach others in this world who are off balance.
Just as Jesus helped show people discretion & how to truly love others in life and live pleasing to God so also Christ Jesus in us will give us balance and help those around us become more stable.
One last thing, we are all human & with that we are in a physical body & mind that will get sick, we will have times where we are off balance, that has nothing to do with our souls. GOD is concerned with our hearts/souls. He is not looking at the longevity of our bodies & brains, He plans on replacing those. It is our souls that really matter to Him and as we go through this life it would serve us well to be more concerned about our own soul & love other souls regardless of their mindset & physical attributes or shortcomings.
I personally hope this post is helpful to my fellow Christians who may have met Christians brothers & sisters who pull them down rather than see your soul as God does and to those who struggle with depression or mania & may wonder why they can’t seem to ‘be happy’ or be what others consider ‘well’. We are who God made us and as long as we’re are developing relationship with Him, regardless of how we feel, He will pull us through this current state and give us a new body, new home & better place to live for all eternity.
My dad always said,
“Too much of anything will kill you.”
This goes along with moderation, balance and stability as we juggle various things in life. We may not have control of the chemicals in our system but we can do our best to do things that promote what we are made of to keep out chemical balance & follow doctor’s orders & ‘prescribed medication’ without Self medicating or assuming that we will not have feelings that cause us to experience mania or depression.
In Christ, Beetle