Albert Einstein once wrote, "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." Pretty good advice. We have a dear woman in our church who is 95 years old, and she continues to mow her grass. I think she has given up shoveling snow, but when the weather is nice and the grass needs cutting, you’ll find her on her riding mower taking care of business. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
We have a man in our church, whom many of you reading this know, who retired at age eighty this past September. He still conducts most of the funerals at E91, actively teaches, does home communion, and visits the sick in the hospitals. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
When I served a church in Owensboro, KY, I often met with a business owner who was 92. His wife died, and a few years later he wanted my advice on some pre-marital counseling—for him and his new lady friend. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
At the age of eighty, Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt. Joshua was given the charge of leading the conquest of the land of Canaan during the last thirty years of his live (and he lived until he was 110). Caleb, Joshua’s fellow “spy,” was 85 years old when he said, “I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me…and I shall drive [the Anakim] out just as the Lord said” (Joshua 14:10-12). Some biblical scholars believe Daniel was well over eighty when he was thrown into a den of lions. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
Although I’m only about half way to the esteemed age of most of the aforementioned, I’m beginning to see how difficult it is to keep on moving. As the Steve Miller Band song goes, “Time keeps on slippin’.” Every person is different, and we all see life through our own unique filters of how God has shaped us, but are there some common themes on how to keep our balance and keep moving? Here are but a few suggestions:
Always believe that your best days are yet to come. For Christians, that statement is prima facie based on our biblical conviction that “there is laid up for [us] the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to [us] on that Day, and not only to [us] but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). We keep on moving, because we have a course set and destination in sight. The road may be long, and the pathway hard, but journey’s end will be worth it all.
Find your “herd.” There is a reason why gazelle, deer, antelope, zebra, and other such animals travel in herds. Alone, they don’t stand a chance. Together, they find protection, safety, and strength. Joshua had Caleb. Moses had Aaron. Daniel had Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. We need others to help us see what we don’t in order to find our balance and keep moving. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11).
Keep the main thing, the main thing. We are so easily distracted. We live in an attention-deficit-disorder society that keeps us chasing endlessly after the newest gadgets, the latest celebrity gossip, and the next person voted off the island. Distractions are Satan’s ploy to get us sidetracked on lesser things. When we get sidetracked, we end up standing around, because we’re no longer sure which way to go, and we begin to lose our balance.
I don’t know if I’ll make it to eighty, ninety, or (God forbid) Joshua’s ripe old age of 110. But however many years the good Lord gives me, may I remember to “number my days, that I may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). I pray that you, too, will keep on moving with your eyes on Jesus who truly is the Main Thing.