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The Balancing Act

I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power

- 1 Corinthians 2:3-5

Over the last four years, I’ve realized that I care a lot about what other people think about me. I constantly worry about what I look like through other people’s eyes. Instead of worshipping God, I am worshipping others’ approval of me. I try to be perfect. During this time of social distancing, I am not sure if this struggle has gotten better or worse. 

On one hand I don’t have to be afraid of what others think of me… because I don’t physically see very many people. On the other hand, I have the luxury of hiding behind a screen. I’ve been introduced to a new side of my struggle. Now, I am worried about how my professor will interpret my emails (or if I am sending too many) or how to get the right angle of myself when using Zoom for class. Though I should be cautious of how others may interpret my messages, this is such a little detail in my life that I shouldn’t be stressing over. 

The biggest thing I have found I struggle with when it comes to my faith is balance. Balancing unselfishness and self-care; being responsible with my money, but not idolizing it; releasing my control to God but still putting in necessary efforts. I overthink this balancing act, looking at it in the perspective of what is the perfect balance. If someone would just tell me what the perfect balance was, then I would be happy. Would I though? Then I would be striving to be this perfectly balanced person. And that’s not what God calls us to be. Perfect. 

Jesus is perfect, so we don’t have to be. He died for our sins, so we no longer have to claim them. He has taken the weight off of our shoulders of this idea that we have an expectation to live up to. There is only one expectation God has of us. To believe in Him and love others. I know this and believe this. The hardest part? Living by it. I still struggle to let go of what others may think of me. But I’m working on it. Because God is working on me and in me. And He is working for you too.

Josie Hill 
UNI Senior
Loves ice cream, her dog Moose, and has a bucket list to visit all (or most) Iowa State Parks and National Parks

Josie Hill

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