June 13th, '18
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
the peace of God which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7)
The more common word is "chill". Life can still
be thrilling while you're chilling. Life can still be dramatic even when you
choose to remain mellow. That's...mellow-dramatic. Too often we make everything
out to be a big deal, or worse, an ordeal. There are deadlines, shopping lines,
punch lines, waiting lines...lines upon lines. Anxiety builds. Nerves tighten.
Life becomes melodramatic, theatrical, hyped, high-density, high-intensity,
action-packed. You can't keep up so don't try. Chill.
Relaxation doesn't shortchange the drama. Life
is still drama. We get to watch silently at how God works all things together
for good. The miracle may be even easier to see from a relaxed position. Too
focused on the highway we miss the scenery. The relaxed passenger always sees
more nature and landmarks than the time obsessed driver. Whether life is
dramatic or traumatic depends on which seat you choose.
Mellow is the way to go. Close your eyes and
lean back in the office chair and it faintly feels like a hammock. The planning
commission zones a park every so many blocks so you can park and watch the
mellow-drama instead of dart all over town like a starved rat. This "peace of
God" that Paul prescribed was to "keep your hearts". Bypassing the traffic jam
by taking a windy country road to home is a great alternative for cardiac
bypass. A painter has to step back from the canvas to refocus on what he or she
wants to create. Everything works better when there is deliberate mellowing.
Drink a Mellow-Yellow. Roast some marsh-"mellows". Take advantage of your hot
tub. Don't sulk...soak!
The lady said, "I have no choice but to take
Valium. The dog in the back alley barks all night long. I have no choice".
Duh...give the dog the valium, he's the one with the sleeping problem, then roll
back over and go to sleep. Paul said this peace will also keep your minds
through Christ. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on
thee" (Isaiah 26:3). To mellow out doesn't mean that you tune out or drop out.
We still live in the world with its stark realities and vicissitudes. We just
choose to believe that God is in control of it all. You asked, "When?" He knows
when. You asked, "How?" He is the how. Love has no limit and patience has no
boundary when you know that it will work out when and how He chooses. Mellow is
related to the French word mellis which means "honey". We think of it as
soft, relaxed, tender or easily going with the flow, but it also implies the
sweetness of honey. Much of life is harsh and caustic. Jesus adds just the
touch of honey that removes the bitterness, like a dash of sugar in black
coffee. There's no need to sensationalize, to be melodramatic. Stretched out
here on the deck with eyes closed imagining Maui's surf while actually
listening to passing pickups, is the way I choose to spend a few afternoon
minutes. Each can write his own drama. Today I'm writing a mellow-drama.