Balanced Christians are realistic tolerant people, patient with those who disagree. Serious when necessary, yet still having fun, still enjoying life. They are less and less intense, free from fanaticism.

Furthermore, they are not afraid to say, " I don't know." They are still discovering. They listen and value another opinion, even one with which they disagree. They uphold the dignity of others, refusing to put them down.

They are not easily threatened. Why? They're balanced! They realize they don't have all the truth. They're open to the possibility of alternative positions that give new slants and fresh perspective.

- Chuck Swindoll's "Growing Deep in the Christian Life."