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Getting Rid of Stress

by | Jan 3, 2015 | Trials

Who loves classical music these days? My six-granddaughter does. And Mozart is one of her favorite composers. She plays his music over and over again.
The other day, she pulled my hand. “I love it. C’mon, Nana, let’s dance.”

Dance? It’s not salsa, I thought. I smiled and shuffled a bit, trying to follow the beat and move with grace. But not my active princess. She twirled, jumped, wiggled, stomped one foot, then the other, and moved from here to there. Then when it was over, she was out of breath but said, “Let’s do it again.”

She delighted in the joy of the melody, the sound of the instruments and the thrill of the exhilarating sound. Not me. I was focused on following the rhythm, concentrating in keeping pace with the ever-changing beat.

I do the same thing in life. Do you? We foolishly focus so intensely trying to follow the beat of the world— perform more, reach higher, save more, go faster, plan better, and please more people. No wonder, dancing to the tune of the world’s demands, we end up tongue hanging out and cross-eyed with frustration.

That’s why we often fail to enjoy the music of life. That’s why we miss the melody of peace. We miss the thrill of the moment, the calmness of the day and the rest for the night.

Maybe what you and I need is a deep change, a transformation really. The kind the apostle Paul describes: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).

Father, I confess, my own human, flawed will is what began an eagerness to follow the tune of the world. It only brought intense stress, disappointment and gloom. But now I choose to dance to the melody of your will, your perfect will that has nothing to do with the world’s call, but everything to do with following the pleasant melody of your voice. In Jesus’s name, amen.

• What tune has your life been dancing to?

• What needs transformed in you?

• What do you think will happen if you choose God’s will?

Janet Eckles

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