Monday, August 11, 2014

Let Go, Relax!

Through wisdom is a house built; and by understanding it is established. (Prov. 24:3) 

The older I get the more I appreciate the benefits of taking time. Woodwork done slowly and meticulously by a craftsman is beautiful and able to endure the test of the elements. Art---whether musical compositions, needlework, sculpture, or painting---requires time and attention to detail. Even the cultivation of our walk in God . . . requires a great deal of time to develop. 

The psalmist realized this when he wrote, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10 NKJV). The Hebrew does not suggest standing around and letting your mind wander---not that kind of being still. Rather, it means "Let go, relax." . . . 

If all this is true of other realms and responsibilities, it is certainly applicable to the home and family. Children were not created to be "jerked up" (as my mother used to put it), but to be cared for with gentleness and attention to detail. They require time . . . lots of it. 

Growing Wise in Family Life 

"Let go, relax."

The idea of relaxing has become something that I have not only grown accustomed to, but also have an immense appreciation for as I get older (and wiser). Relaxation is an excellent time to be able to stop and reflect on our day, week, month, year, or life in general. Relaxation helps us clear our minds and helps our bodies to recuperate if we happen to be tired after a long day at work. 

The irony of relaxation is that it doesn't always have to involve inactivity. Sometimes, relaxation can be accomplished when we keep ourselves busy doing what we love to do the most. For some of us, a great game of chess can be a source of relaxations as we focus on our mental capacities. For others, gardening can be a great source of relaxation. I can imagine a roomful of women nodding their heads in agreement right now. . . :-). 

Regardless of how we choose to relax, as Christians, we must take the moment to be thankful to God for blessing us with the opportunities to stop, let go, and surrender all our cares to Him. Our God-given ability to relax is God's way of letting us know that we can trust Him with our affairs, lives, and concerns in general. It is during that time that we relax when we have the opportunity to trust God with all of our cares! The phrase "Let go, let God." really comes to life. 

My dear friends, do we have it in ourselves to "let go, relax, and let God"? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).