Life Lessons

The Equilibrium of Life


Equilibrium – a state in which opposing forces of influences are balanced.

In economics, physics and chemistry the term equilibrium is used to define balance – a system in which competing influences are balanced. Whether it be supply and demand in economics or the net force in physics. Equilibrium is a fancy world for balance. That mid-point on a sea saw – equilibrium, a boat being able to float is a result of equilibrium of the pressure between the top and the bottom.

But what about our lives? Do our lives have equilibrium or balance in our lives? In other words stability and steadiness? We gain equilibrium in life by learning from economics and physics. Competing influences need to be balanced. Your output in life needs to be balanced with input. It means looking after ourselves. It means making sure that when we are pouring in life – whether work or ministry, that we ensure we have downtime, rest.

Equilibrium is making sure that the positives equal the negatives. Or actually in life, I think equilibrium is about ensuring that the positives outweigh the negatives. The input exceeds the output. The good exceeds the bad. That is balance. Implementing this means focussing on the good, the positive. It means that you ensure that your soul and your spirit is nourished.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:33-24)



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