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Wednesday, June 13th, '18

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MELLOW-DRAMATIC

"And 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.


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