Mark Affleck

Escaping To The Balcony Saved My Life, For Real

March 22, 2019
Spiritual Growth

Even though it sounds a bit sensationalized, it is not. Retreating to the balcony has dramatically changed my walk with Christ. Transformed my life. And, yes, saved it in many respects.

The story is built around a balcony metaphor and pivots off God’s instruction to examine ourselves to “search me and know my heart” (Psalm 139:23).
The goal is to get perspective on my life’s bigger picture by creating distance from its daily machinations. It lets me evaluate my walk as if I am a detached third-party looking down from multiple angles. It’s the music beneath the lyrics of my life’s song and dance.
This ongoing, reflective probe into our faith is how God shapes our path and points out things that need to be changed. Importantly, a regular trip to the balcony can help us spot trouble coming and avoid it before it happens.
Here are just a few of myriad benefits from periodic trips to the balcony to review our faith walk:

  • Hit the refresh button and increase self-awareness.
  • Reduce emotion and slow down the pace of life.
  • Rewind our “life tape” and identify blind spots.

To confront the unmasked reality of my life by asking:

  • Am I ignoring someone who needs my attention, love, or time?
  • Am I in touch with how my current mood/attitude looks and feels?
  • Am I living the habits of a disciple: Word; Prayer; Fellowship; and Tithing?

We know God wants us to closely examine our heart. The question is how to pull that off. Retreating to the balcony helps believers reach that goal and animate what God would have us do or not do or change. Try it!  
I ask God to help me maintain an ongoing, reflective probe into my relationship with him. To show me where I need to change. To guide me toward his light and away from life’s darkness.


Pop up to the balcony today or tomorrow and have a look at your life and faith walk. Try it!
“Examine me, God, and know my mind; test me, and discover my thoughts. Find out if there is any evil in me and guide me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24

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