Written by cycleguy on October 1st, 2013

Kilter is defined as “good condition, proper form, working order or alignment.”  Then again, you probably already knew that.

I suspect you are more familiar with a word combination: off-kilter

I confess: I wasn’t even sure kilter was a word by itself since I don’t know if in all my years I have heard it used without “off” in combination with it.  I mean, when I see something working well I will say, “That thing is in good condition.”  I KNOW I have never said, “That thing is in good kilter.”

But I digress.  🙂

I have been out of kilter a time or two.  I was at the chiropractor once when things started swimming.  I was so off-kilter he had his wife take me to the ER where I was given some anti-nausea medicine and diagnosed with an inner ear infection.  It took me a day or two to “get kilter” (get my equilibrium back).

Ironically, four years to the day it happened again.  Only this time I got out of bed in the middle of the night and walked right into the wall.  I couldn’t even walk straight.

I was thinking about how I’ve been the past few days.  Just as I was about to put my foot on the bike pedal it hit me.  I have been off-kilter.   It seemed to start this past Sunday…you know…when everything seems to misfire.  At least that which I was involved in.  The material for our Hope Sunday came late.  So I was scrambling to get it done right.  Our video system that projects our Power Point and videos  has been giving us some fits the past two months or so, but this past Sunday it was on full-out defiant mode.  It keeps cutting out which makes the big screen and the two TVs go blank.  Ryan (tech geek) has worked hard trying to figure it out.  He has called other churches.  Researched online. But this week I could hear it saying, “I am going to ruin your party.”  Ryan worked hard to get it working right, and fortunately for us, at least one TV stayed on the whole time.  There were several other miscues along the way-the biggest being the sermon.  🙂

Sad to say it has “run over” into the first two days of my week.  Let rephrase that: I have allowed it to run over.  I haven’t slept well.  I have been “thought-dragging” and “thought-deprived.”  My morning Encounter Time with God has been here, but I think I missed the appointment.   There is more I won’t bore you with.

I just got back from a 21 mile ride.  I put it off due to the damp and overcast skies. But I feel better. Nothing like getting them endorphins flowing. I also feel better now that I have figured out the reason for my “off-kilteriness.”  (Webster take note of new word).

You ever been off kilter?  What did you do to overcome it?



33 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    I have some go-to things when I get off kilter, which happens quite often to me. I sit in my car at work for a little personal time-out to collect myself. I close the door to my office and pray for a few minutes. I take a walk around my building at work. I sit outside in my porch and read for a bit. I exercise on my elliptical. I seems that all of these have in common an intentional stepping away from whatever is off-kiltering me.

  2. Yes–plenty of times. I try to hang on to what I know to be true (Phil. 4:8) and look at the cross. And eat some ice cream 🙂

  3. the Old Adam says:

    My entire adult life has been, “off-kilter”.

    I repent and try it again tomorrow.

  4. I feel like I’ve been out of kilter since my son’s football season started. If I can make it through October….

  5. Susan says:

    With both of us unemployed, it feels like life’s always out of kilter anymore. It’s been almost two months since my husband was let go, and things aren’t looking better – more like getting worse.

    One thing that helps me is the Tuesday morning ladies Bible study. We are studying the prophetic chapters, and it is encouraging. The other thing is a friend who lives up the road. We get together about once a week and talk and pray.

  6. Caleb Suko says:

    I know the feeling all too well Bill! There’s something about the physical exercise that really helps. I like to go the gym on Mondays and pump a little iron. It doesn’t fix things, only God can do that, but it does help me get my mind back in the right place.

  7. Kari Scare says:

    I know the “off-kilter” feeling all too well. I have had vertigo multiple times and have run into the wall because of it too. Not a fun experience when the room you’re in feels like a tilt-a-whirl. When I have spiritual & mental vertigo, I go back to the basics. I make sure my physical self gets worked (running, biking, boxing, etc.), and I make sure the basics of connection with God (prayer & scripture) are consistent. Sometimes, I need to make a routine change to disrupt my “off-kilteriness,” and this can be anything from praying in a different spot to going to a coffee shop to write to reading a new blog. I just keep trying things until my reset but gets successfully hit, & I am on kilter again.

  8. Dan Erickson says:

    I’m a bit off-kilter right now as I haven’t been exercising enough. I’m buying a house and have to move. That’s enough to tip the scale. But I really like the use of the word “Kilter” by itself. It even sounds like a great name for a book.

  9. floyd says:

    My off-kilter usually comes in the form of the spiritual kind… I draw nigh unto our Father… I don’t know of any other way to “get right.” I’m praying for you to be on kilter, brother.

  10. Well-timed, Bill. That’s me. Kilterless. I find that when I let my guard down and think “little things” like my routine and my attitude aren’t important, I’m in danger of getting off track. Great reminder.

  11. cycleguy says:

    WOW! You guys have been awesome making comment and I hadn’t been able to keep up till much later. That is the kind of morning/day it has been. Hmmm must be kilterless. Thanks for coming by.

  12. I think we should work to get ‘kilter’ back in regular use (besides off-kilter, of course). It’s a great word! 🙂 Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint what is off, but I know for myself that the longer I go without getting with God and figuring out, the more damage or lost time I have to deal with. Good thoughts, Bill. Thank you.

  13. Ike says:

    Look at the bright side….the Pirates won!!! It’s Buctober and your team is in the NLDS.

  14. tcavey says:

    I’ve never heard of kilter by itself either.

    Just yesterday God showed me that I’ve been off-kilter. I’ve been allowing things to get me down, get me distracted, and overwhelm me.

    It was liberating to realize that all I had to do was tune into God more.

    He’s so awesome!

  15. Karen says:

    I could NOT resist this one! Since my AVM (vascular disorder in the brain) became active, I am almost always off-kilter to some extent, physically. I explained this to my fellow recovering alcoholics so they wouldn’t think I was drunk if I staggered into a meeting! However I feel more in kilter with God. I’ve had to learn to trust him in ways that I didn’t even realize that I lacked trust.