Life is busy and stressful. Do you ever feel, like I do sometimes, that there is some elusive “easy button” out there somewhere? Do you ever think that if you could find that easy button or the yellow brick road then everything would run perfectly from then on out? If you have ever felt that way, read on for some helpful advice.

There is a temptation to think that if we are doing what we are supposed to do then everything will go smoothly. We stress, over-analyze and over-think the situation in a vain attempt to fix the problem because, logically, the right track must be easy. But, sometimes, there’s just nothing to fix. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that life will be easy, even if we are doing everything right. In times like that, life can get confusing and frustrating. If there’s nothing to fix and no “easy button” to find, what are we to do?

Let me share some advice from Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. The start of the 2014 NFL season held high hopes for Packers fans. Aaron Rodgers had missed 7 games in the previous season due to an injury. He came back healthy, though, and the team was expected to dominate. Three weeks into the season, however, they had an abysmal record of just 1-2. During a press conference, Rodgers was attacked with questions as to why this was happening. His response was legendary.

“Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X. Relax. We’re going to be OK.”

The same advice applies to all of us. When life isn’t what we expect – relax. When our expectations are crushed – relax. When it seems like we are driving down the right road but it isn’t going anywhere – relax.

When we take a deep breath and relax, it helps us see things a little more clearly. It is easier to prioritize and have a focused perspective when we aren’t stressed. Sometimes, we can then see that we need to pick a different path. Sometimes, though, we realize that we are actually on the right path; it just requires climbing a few obstacles.

Jesus even acknowledged that life is hard. He said in John 16:33, “In this life you will have troubles.” Notice He didn’t say that bad people will have troubles or that troubles are always a result of poor decisions. No, it’s just a fact. In this life you will have troubles.

Happily ever after isn’t real. Sorry Disney fans but it’s just not. When you have times of trouble, the first order of business should be to relax! Click To Tweet It may not fix the problem but it sure will help you cope with it better.

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