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R-E-L-A-X…is a difficult task in this supercharged world we live in. Technology is supposed to free us up to have more time to ourselves and with others. From where I sit, the exact opposite is happening. All the commercials we are forced to watch, listen to and read are designed to sell us products or services that are supposed to make life more enjoyable and easier. But since most of us consumers evidently use credit plans to buy the stuff, we get even more stressed out from the monthly billing cycle. Know what I mean, Verne?


Recently, Aaron Rodgers, a future Hall of Fame NFL quarterback responded to the press, his owners and fans in the Green Bay Packer world after losing some early games. When the fans are also the owners as they are in Green Bay, this is serious! His comment went viral instantly. Aaron calmly said there was a five-letter word for everyone who is concerned; R-E-L-A-X!! And he spelled it out. They are playing better and winning. And isn’t that all that matters?

Many expressions depict our attempt to relax. In golf, we are told to loosen our grip; kid’s love to hear curfews will be less strict or severe; and all of us need to be a little less intense at times. “Lighten up, calm down, step back, cool your heels” come to mind. Our grandson Will is always telling us to “take a breathhhhh!” Good advice! But, can we do it? When was the last time you can recall a completely relaxing evening with no distractions? Great, the rest of us are happy for you!


You know, our Creator designed us to be able to relax, to not have anxiety. He even gave us truth to encourage us to place our anxiousness into His well-equipped hands. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6,7). Take note of two words-nothing andeverything. Doesn’t leave much room for complaining. He said, “give it all to Me!” He may not take away the circumstance(s), but what He does promise is-‘peace/Shalom‘ (RELAX). We, by faith, must trust that He will “guard our hearts and minds in His Son!” Not just a short reclining after a busy and stress-filled week, but all during the stress-filled week.


We can trust God because He is not like us-we are all over the map with our emotions. Hebrews tells us that; “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (v. 13:8). Why would we not take Him at His word? Who better to trust than the One who made us? He knows what makes us tick. He made the clock! But Bill, you don’t understand the pressure I am under, the Pacman will eat me alive if I don’t stay after it. My competitors will run over me. No time to relax! Well, I don’t think He ever said to stop doing what He has gifted you to do-for Him. But what He does say is “TRUST ME!” R-E-L-A-X, I have everything under My control.


Maybe it’s time for you to consider what I have adopted as my life verses. “Butseek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Mt. 6:33,34). Do you see the word-all? In this high velocity world we live in and subject ourselves to, most believers today have yielded to the immediate orurgent without first submitting to the important. So, what is the important? Simply, Him! The Lord is aware of all our needs, but we don’t seem to stop long enough to even acknowledge Him, let alone seek His kingdom and His righteousness. He begs us to stop striving and start worshipping! Or to quote Aaron, R-E-L-A-X!!


A child of God has to understand and believe that a trusting relationship with Him is far more important than what we are ‘doing’. Our ‘doing’ and ‘worrying’ gets in the way of our ‘becoming’. Two things have become increasingly apparent to me as I study the word and spend time with Him daily in the early part of every morning.


He wants my obedience–“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love”(Jn 14:15); and my praise–“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Heb. 13:15). Both must be exercised through faith. For without faith it is impossible to please God.


In the Old Testament time period, for something to be decided there had to be two witnesses. Well, we have two when it comes to the issue of anxiety. Aaron Rodgers and God would agree. The Packers may or may not win their next game, but be assured–you and I can be winners. It’s a guaranteed game plan-obedience and praise through faith!!


And while you are playing the game of life, simply…


Copyright 2014

Bill C. Dotson



Scripture taken from the New King James Version

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