Yesterday I saw the aging process in the life of a small child and his grandfather—both were trying to walk. The toddler was doing what toddlers do; he was learning to walk. He would take a couple of stumbling steps, fall down, and get up and go again.
The obstacle that challenged both young and old was balance. The toddler was trying to learn it, and his grandfather was trying to regain it.
Due to the aging process, disease, strokes, and diabetes, some people begin to notice an increasing problem with maintaining their balance. According to Harvard’s Wyss Institute, the neurons in the feet are part of the problem.
The neural ion channels are part of the nerve system in our feet and they help to control our balance; but, they are “often desensitized in seniors.” The result of this desensitization is a person is more apt to fall.
The Wyss Institute learned that random vibrations could reopen the neural ion channels, so their researchers began to develop an insole that would create those type of vibrations. Testing of the technologically advanced insole has shown an increase in both motor control and balance.
In 2013, Discover Magazine reported that seniors standing on the vibrating insoles in the lab demonstrated the same balance as people in their 20s.
Whether it’s physical, mental, or spiritual, balance is an essential to every aspect of a healthy life. This was at the heart of Jesus’ encounter with Mary and Martha. Like these two sisters, we can struggle to find the balance between work and worship.
What are some of the characteristics of a balanced life? The balanced person will:
- Realize that he is a new creation in Christ: 2 Corinthians 5:17
- Understand he is both an offender and the offended, so he will offer and ask for forgiveness: Ephesians 4:32
- Learn to abide in the abundant life of Christ: John 10:10; 15:11
- Pursue loving relationships: John 13:34, 35; Romans 12:16
To live a balanced life, do your best to maintain the spiritual channels that keep you in step with Christ. You can do this by living for Jesus and not just yourself, and by continuing to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).”