Lax: loose or slack; not tense, rigid, firm, strict, or severe.
Relax: make or become less tense or anxious.
I am not lax by any stretch of the imagination. Most of my life I have been tense, rigid, firm, strict, and severe. As a teacher, these characteristics came in handy; however, I would have had less tension had I been more relaxed. I think just as much would have been accomplished … maybe even more so!
Because of this, to relax is utterly foreign to my life and living. If I do take time to read and adopt the posture of a couch potato for a time, I feel extremely guilty, and as soon as I think of something that could be done, I pop up and engage in whatever chore I happen to think needs attending to at that precise moment. What a waste of good rest time. My body needs rest in order to work properly; yet I relentlessly keep going long after it’s time to stop.
I’m a Martha sort of woman who doesn’t stop to think what truly is important-time with Jesus. Martha sticks to that list of chores only she can do properly. She probably tries to delegate … but decides she’ll do it herself … as good help is impossible to find.
I have ladies who come every other week to clean my house. You guessed it … I clean and straighten up everything before they get there. What sense does that make?
In my quest to fast from sugar and chocolate, I find being strict with myself is producing anxiety because the results I’m seeking aren’t forthcoming. Looking back, though, my goal is to fast; losing weight is simply a happy by-product. Perhaps if I loosen up on myself, the weight loss will occur effortlessly and without much ado.
Dear Lord, help me focus more on the fasting and less on losing weight. One will result in the other. Having doubts and lack of faith in the joint venture you and I have undertaken is an affront to Your Omnipotence. With You, Lord, ALL things are possible. I need only fast, let go, and let You, God, handle the rest.
Forgive my lack of faith, Lord. Thank You for believing in me when I don’t believe in myself. Amen
Isaiah 41:10 The Message
Don’t panic. I’m with you.
There’s no need to fear for I’m your God.
I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you.
I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.
Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer. ~Author unknown
Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. And lo, no one was there. ~Author Unknown
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. ~Author Unknown