Star in the Middle

Monday, February 7, 2011

In his book In Search of Balance Dr. Richard Swenson draws a comparison between balancing our priorities and the balance of the solar system. The planets in our solar system revolve around the sun. These bodies can travel in different directions and at different speeds, but their movement is always in relation to the sun. The orbiting bodies in a planetary system are never the center of gravity. That distinction belongs to the star in the middle, and in our solar system the sun is the star in the middle. Since the sun makes up 99.86% of the total mass in our solar system, earth circles a powerful center.

In our personal lives our priorities lie at the center of our existence and our lives orbit around them. What is the star in the middle of our personal solar system? Do we have a center that serves as a steady anchor during the storms of life? Is our center strong enough to help us stand against the waves that rush in upon us? Or do our values change with the shifting winds of the culture? Is the SON our star in the middle? Do we let him guide our priorities? Are our priorities chosen wisely and are God-centered? Priorities that are focused on God will provide a stable orbit for our lives.

The Sun is the richest source of electromagnetic energy in the solar system. Let’s make THE SON our source of power in our own personal solar system.

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6:46-49 (NLT)


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