The struggle in life is always to find a happy medium to live in. Many of us live for the highs and dread the lows, but if we are to be healthy, we must learn to stand on level ground. Then we can handle the rest life sends our way with much more strength.
They used to say about Braves Hall of Famer Tom Glavine that he never changed expressions, you couldn't tell whether he was winning or losing.
He was the same cool under fire guy no matter what the situation.
David, the man of God who had some great ups and downs, wrote this in Psalm 143:10, "Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me on level ground". Maybe he learned from his mistakes that living for the great days only gets us in much trouble. We can get caught up in how right everything we think is going and lose sight of the erosion in our soul because we are living by the wrong spirit.
He follows that verse with an admission, "For your name's sake, O Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble". In other words, not a question of whether we are in or experiencing trouble, but when. And when the when hits, who can keep us on level ground?
Enough said, may The Lord lead your way in all circumstances!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.