Why Is Balance Important?
When the two ends of the car are in sync, meaning they want to roll to the same angle and the load transfer is predictable, all four tires are working to their maximum capacity which means that they have the most load possible on each tire. The two tires at each end are more equally loaded and therefore produce more grip resulting in faster speeds through the turns.

When the two ends aren’t in sync and not rolling to the same angle, an imbalance exists that will cause less than optimum load transfer. The sets of tires become more unequally loaded resulting in less overall traction and less resistance to lateral force. The car must go slower through the turns than if it were balanced because the tires have less grip. From HRN

Balance – There is balancing a check book in homes or the books in a business; there is a balanced diet; there is balance in gymnastics; there is a balanced life, being safe, ok. There is also spiritual balance. That is when we go too far out of line in freedom or too far in legalism. Let’s dive back into Proverbs.

Proverbs 25:9-10 Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another’s secret, lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.
It is not good to have a bad reputation. It follows you around and will lead to a revealing time. It is best to be truthful and to straighten out any lies. It is part of honor and integrity.

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Our words can be pleasing, pleasant and powerful. Every word has the power to lift up or tear down. What words are you going to choose? What words come out of your heart? Could you, will you, intentionally lift someone up today with your words?

Proverbs 25:12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
On the other side, will you listen to words that have meaning and are uplifting? Do you desire to hear truth? Will you receive reproof? Will you receive being challenged? Can you listen without reacting and without thinking of what words you are going to spill out? This is harder then it sounds.

Proverbs 25:13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Will you be the faithful messenger? Have you been the faithful messenger? What message have you spoken? There is only one that continues to the true hope and the giver of life, eternal life. The message is: sinner sees their sin in the mirror; Sinner sees the Savior is Jesus who died and rose again to save you; Sinner repents and cries out to Jesus as LORD. That is the sweetest of all messages to be heard and told. Don’t miss it!

Proverbs 25:14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
Boasting is a dangerous thing. Why? 1) pride 2) often involves a lie 3) often there is something to hide. None of that is good. Think about that. Then the verse turns to giving too. Jesus taught it is better to not say anything about your giving. Just give!

Proverbs 25:15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
Two great lessons and reminders. We are to have patience and be soft spoken. This is not talking about volume, although it could be. It is talking about care, kindness and love.

Proverbs 25:16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
Remember in verse 13 of chapter 24 we spoke of honey? It said it was good to eat honey, although it was speaking of wisdom more than honey. Here in verse 16 of chapter 25 God gives us a clear picture and warning of too much honey, sweets. There are times my little guy gets a stomach ache and sometimes that stomach ache is from eating too much sugar or sweets. Do you see the love God has for us? He says “yes” enjoy some sweets but don’t have too much. Balance.

Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,

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