The Trouble With Balance

You will often hear people speak of the importance of having balance in our lives.  And generally speaking, it is a good idea to have a balanced life.  This is especially true if by having balance in our lives we mean that we try to avoid extreme attitudes or behaviours.  However, the trouble with the concept of having balance in our lives is that it is not a Christian concept.  That’s not to say…

The Delusion Of Balance

A small affliction born for God’s sake is better before God than a great work performed without tribulation. St. Isaac the Syrian Parishioners often ask me how they can find balance in their life.  I often don’t know what to say because the very notion of balance itself, in the actual living of the life in Christ, seems to me to be too self-directed to be very useful.  Balance assumes that ends…