Frances Chan | Brian Nagel

The Balance Beam


It’s been a little while since my last post, with the busyness of life and work taking its hold on me.  During this time, I’ve found that I’ve had many philosophical discussions with myself.  Whether this is good or bad, we can figure out another day, but my point is that in times of busyness, I think it’s good to question why.

“Question everything” is a statement my generation is comfortable with.  The problem lies with where that questioning takes us.  Beyond just simply questioning, one must approach the Why discussion with the purpose of objectively finding out the logical reasoning and meaning behind the given scenario – not just to rebel and to cause a rift.  It’s cool to rebel, it’s trendy to question – but how many question with the purpose of understanding?  That’s where one can find Truth and Understanding amidst turmoil, hopelessness, and despair.

I stumbled across this video the other day…

Francis Chan is undoubtedly a Christian Evangelist, as the above video portrays.  But I think his overarching point in the Balance Beam analogy applies to everyone, whether or not you have a faith in Jesus.

We should question the status quo by which we live our lives.  Who are we impressing when we just float in comfortable laziness, with the inclination to avoid risks and to fight shy of the desire stretch ourselves to DO better, BE better, LOVE greater?  Who are you trying to impress?

“You lived the safest life possible.”

No matter what we do and believe, it’s a dangerous trap to feel like you’ve arrived and you’re all set.  Life is a progression, and we should never willingly flatline.

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