Hebrews 12:2, NIV: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Can you be sad and joyful at the same time? Itís not easy, but it is necessary. It is necessary to be sad for a fallen world and to mourn for the lost. And while there is sadness in our hearts, there must be joy in our eyes--joy that lets the lost world know that Jesus lives inside of us. Our lives as Christ seekers are often a balancing act. Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves; demonstrate Godís strength through meekness; and learn to maintain centeredness on our eternal Lord, while attending to the concerns of this life. The right balance can only be achieved by being centered on Christ. We must remain in His Word, and draw ever so near to Him through prayer and worship. He is ready and able to help us to balance all the pieces of our lives, but we must be completely His in order that He can do so.