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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:05:37 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

Circus Juggler 
 by Stan Mitchell

John's life was spinning out of control. The image that
came to his mind was of a circus performer who rode a
unicycle and juggled those flaming sticks. 

John spent his entire day trying to run from one 
burning fire to the next, trying to put them all out.

His marriage was crumbling, his teenage children
defiant and, he feared, on drugs. His job demanded
sixty-hour weeks, and he dare not slow the pace down
because there were others who would dearly love to take
his job.

Then there was his health -- his doctor had just told
him that he had high blood pressure, and he needed to
lose weight, stop smoking and reduce the stress in his
life.

Stress? What stress? If he stopped the cycle, the whole
circus would go up in flames!

Then a friend gave him the best advice he had ever
heard. "You'll never catch up with all of life's
demands at once. Why don't you just master the most
important one? Prioritize! Make your life right with
God, and the other things will fall into place."

John did just that. He started going to church. He
began to read his Bible. He obeyed the things God told
him to do in the scripture. And it worked! He still
worked long hours, but his life began to quit its
downward spiral.

The unicycle stopped, and the fires went out. When John
made God the center of his existence, the rest of his
life became less chaotic. The odd thing was that with
God in the center of his life, all the other
relationships came into focus, too.

"When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his
enemies to be at peace with him" (Proverbs 16:7, ESV). 

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