Finding balance in life is a constant effort. Not everyone gets what you are doing. Why are you making this change? This isn’t like you, what’s wrong with you? You’ve changed and I am not sure I like it. Statements like that would make me furrow my brow, too. Being an agent of change makes you enemies on both sides.
I feel your pain, Luke. Making a change that you feel moved to make can upset the normal balance of everyone around you. Think about his situation for a moment. The galaxy around him has been at odds for millennia. The struggle between good and evil, Empire and Rebel Alliance has been his legacy. He knows that everyone has found their place, chosen their side, and gotten comfortable on polarized ends of the conflct. Luke found that doing business as usual to rebuild the old Jedi order just spiraled the same of problems back ou into disorder. He saw history repeating itself: Train a child to be a Jedi, he gets corrupted, and turns on the ones who gave him his start. So, Luke went back to the roots, back to the basics, back to where the main thing was the main thing. There the divisions of passion and peace, aggression and calm, physical and spirituals worked in balance. As far as we can tell, Luke learned how to express emotions and feelings that he had repressed for so long. It has to feel weird, like unused muscles that feel painful and awkward at first.
Folks on two extremes don’t understand a balance until they see the fruit and maybe even experience the unity that can come. Sometimes getting into the real balance of things makes you unpopular, misunderstood, and isolated. But as Luke was heard telling Ray that it is a much larger world out there. That means that if our lives are balanced, they can bear greater things then we can do on our own.
How has letting God balanced (or attempting to balance) your life? Has it felt life-changing? If you are feeling out of balance what do you think has to change?