When I think of the word “relax” – I’m thinking of jumping off the stress bandwagon and “chillin out”. I’m thinking of floating on the lake in a boat or sitting by the lake with an evening campfire. There are all sorts of ways to relax, but they often seem so very far away. I can get something on my mind or “up in my grill” and no matter where I am, relaxing might just take extra effort.
As a follower of Jesus, I’m learning to trust Him more with the stress of my life. I simply can’t do everything or be everything that others want me to be. My goal is to honor Him above all in my relationships. If I learn to love and live out of my relationship with Him, then I become better in every relationship I have. I love this simple passage in Psalms that sort of screamed out to me to relax. Check this out…6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. 7 Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound. 8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:6-8 NIV)
It’s hard to relax if I’m worried about keeping up with others. It’s hard to relax if I’ve set unrealistic expectations for my, my family, my friends or co-workers. I really want to be balanced in every area of my life. I want the balance of my life to come out of my journey with the Lord. I want to listen when He tells me to relax. I want to be wise about work when He’s speaking into my heart and my life. I want to grow today to trust Him more and more. As I walk out my faith journey, my work journey gets clearer and clearer as I hang out in His Presence and seek His wisdom for the journey. I’m really pretty relaxed now and the subject matter that was on my mind first thing this morning can wait a minute because the Lord and I are going to talk extensively about it.Pressing On! Dwayne