heT Everly Extreme or Moderate Marcellus QuizLife can get hectic and out of balanceif you don’t know when something is“enough” or when it’s “too much.” Sowhat’s the balance between “much”and “TOO much?” Take this quiz to findout if you are an “Everly Extreme” or a“Moderate Marcellus,” and how you’redoing at living a balanced life.Choose the answer that best describesyou, and then see how you fare.
1. How much time do you spendon computer games?a. You wake up thinking about thelatest levels of Lawn Mower RaceChallenge II that you’ll be able toconquer today. At the breakfasttable, you scheme ways to add toyour digital mower. During studyhours, in your mind you’re dukingit out with Player X576, who reallycan’t compare with your LawnMower handling techniques. Atlunchtime you talk with anyonewho will listen about your ever-advancing skill as a Lawn Mowerracer. When school is out, yourfriends ask you if you’d like to jointhem for a game of Civilization,but you don’t hear them as you’retoo busy formulating Lawn Mowerstrategy in your mind. You gobbledown dinner so you can get backto your computer game. At nightyou dream of upgrading your LawnMower to the Turbo Triple Powermodel.
b. You don’t look atcomputers. Computersare evil. Computer gamesare all time wasters, andgamers should have theircomputers burned.c. You like playingcomputer games. You findthem to be a fun activityto partake in, and theyhave their place amidstmany other enjoyableforms of entertainment.You understand thatcomputer games are themost fun when played inmoderation, and whenyou are in control. Themoment the game beginsto control you and takeover your social life, yourstudy times, and the thingsyou know you should do inorder to maintain a healthylife, you know it’s time toback off.
2. What does “eating healthy”mean?a. “Eating healthy” is something youdo when you need to choose betweenbuying a triple-fudge-chocolate-cheesecake brownie, and the almond-triple-fudge-chocolate-cheesecakebrownie with your pocket money. (Youread somewhere that almonds weregood for you.)
b. You only eat things thatyou planted, picked, andprepared yourself.c. You eat what’s set beforeyou giving thanks (Luke10:8), while trying to makesure you usually eat foodsthat build your health. Youunderstand that your bodyis the temple of God (1Corinthians 6:19), whichis another way of Godsaying that you’re priceless,and therefore your bodydeserves the healthiestfoods possible.
3. What does “healthy living” mean?a. You’ve heard people talk about“healthy living,” and you know itinvolves “physical education.” “Physicaleducation” is something you would liketo see others do. You know of a lot ofuncoordinated people who are alwaysdropping things or tripping over theirown feet, and they need to learn how tocontrol themselves.
b. You are all about healthy living.You are on the basketball team, thevolleyball team, and the rowing team.(You tried out for the cheerleadingsquad, but you realized you couldn’tcheer and play basketball at the sametime.) On the weekends you swimat your local pool, and early in themornings you jog on the treadmillpreparing to be the world’s youngestperson to participate in a triathlon.You drink large amounts of proteinshakes to keep fueled up. Anyone whodoesn’t exude the same amount ofphysical prowess as you is not livinghealthily, and should be put on a stricthealth regimen immediately.c. You understand that living healthilyis about balancing the various physicalneeds of your body, which includesregular exercise, good sleep at night,and healthy eating habits. Livinghealthy is not the goal in itself; it iswhat smart people do that enablesthem to reach their full potential inlife.
4. How much time do you spend reading God’s Word? a. Time? What is time? It is but a vapor! Someone in the Bible said that. Maybe it was Samson, … or it could have been the prophet Samuel, or King Solomon. … You’re pretty sure it was someone whose name started with an “S.” b. It’s the only thing you do, every day, 24/7. Anyone who doesn’t spend every waking moment reading God’s Word will have no heavenly rewards. c. You have made it a habit in your life to turn to God’s Word when you have a problem, when you needcomfort, or and most of all, simply tospend time with Jesus.
5. How much time do you b. Friends? You wonder if action figures count (since you play withspend with your friends? them a lot).a. All the time. You believein establishing great c. Friends are important to you, so you make time to be with them.friendships. You think it’s But as a good friend, you don’t want them to fail their math or scienceokay to skip homework to be tests because they’re hanging out with you. You make sure that you’vewith your friends, because all taken care of your responsibilities before chilling.you want to support them—especially when they’ve beendemoted to a lower level ofLawn Mower Race ChallengeII. Supporting your friends isvery important to you. Evenat dinner times with yourfamily, you’re constantlytexting your friends.
SCORE CARD:If you’ve mostly answered “a’s”You have difficulty controlling your desire forfun and play; you secretly think it’s your rightto be able to do what you want, when youwant.Practicing moderation along with a littlehelping of self control is something you’llneed to focus on in order to get your life intoa godly balance. You can do it!
If you’ve mostly answered “b’s”Could it be possible that you have too muchself control? In fact, it might even be mixedin with a large bit amount of … ahem… self-righteousness. While it’s good to work hard,and it’s important to live healthy and studyGod’s Word, having fun and enjoying thefriendship of others is also an important part ofliving a balanced life.Add a healthy dose of friendship, fun, andtolerance to your days, and you’ll be on anearly path to living a balanced life.