Why Can't I Relax?

The mornings are the worst. I work nights at the newspaper as a copy editor, so early mornings are pretty difficult. But those few minutes I have with Danny before he goes to work are extremely precious, so I gladly roll out of bed to be with him.

Lately, though, I've been waking up with every muscle in my body clenched. From my neck to my shoulders to my lower back, I'm just as tight as can be. Perhaps I was alligator wrestling all night. Or maybe I'm just having problems relaxing. Sometimes I think I'm putting in a full day's work and then trying to accomplish some more while I sleep.

It's not like I have stress in my life ... note the touch of sarcasm ... like we all do. Balancing home, husband, work, family and the extra stuff isn't easy. God never said it would be. And we think we have to function at some super-hero level that wins us awards and accolades. But God never said we did.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

The whole duty of the day is boiled down to two points: fear God and keep His commandments. Everything else, anything else that we add in ourselves, is just extra. We're only called upon to do these two things with all our heart, with all our mind and with all our soul.

The stress of the day will come, and I will probably add to it myself. But the conclusion of the matter is that we're to spend the day is righteous, holy fear of the Lord and do everything in our power to keep His commandments.

And then we can relax, thanks to the blessings of God.


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