Chillax…


“Chillax” is a millennial colloquialism that combines the metaphorical meaning behind chilling, and the literal meaning of relaxing.  Both words have similar meanings, but combining both gives off a meaning that is doubly intensive. Not only are you to be as still as an ice block (chill), but you are to also ease any tension within you (relax). 

Why would recent generations mindlessly coin a term? It’s not like we are in a period where, according to my parents, things aren’t easy for us. It isn’t necessary for me to walk 9 miles to school on a regular basis, for example, nor do I have to multiply 7 digit values by pencil and paper. With the advent of technology, everything, everyone and everywhere is literally a tap away — which unfortunately is the source of our stress in this millennial age. With everything at the tip of our fingertips, we have cultivated a culture of “give it to me, right here, right now”, breeding impatience, addiction, and anxiety.

The progression of the times has made many avoid things that take time, such as valuable relationships and finding one’s purpose. We want to lose weight under a week, earn mega-millions overnight via the lottery, and effortlessly become an overnight sensation, and when we don’t achieve these, we’re stressed. We covet things that we refuse to give time to, and then we psychologically and emotionally beat ourselves for not attaining them. It’s a serious problem but surprisingly with a simple solution: we just need to chill our restless selves down!

The J-man [Jesus] says it best in Luke 12 {MSG version}:

25-28 “Has anyone by fussing before the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? If fussing can’t even do that, why fuss at all? Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They don’t fuss with their appearance—but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them. If God gives such attention to the wildflowers, most of them never even seen, don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?

29-32 “What I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.

33-34 “Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bank robbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

I guess that’s why the Dead Sea is so salty and essentially – er, dead. This lifeless, landlocked body of water traps anything that comes its way, refusing to release its contents. When we consume our lives with what is in store for us, we slowly but surely, die inside: Aunt Anxiety, Uncle Uptight, and Grandma Jittery become a part of our mental family, and trust me, you don’t want these taunting family members. So let’s do ourselves a favor and cut them loose by doing as J says. Let’s view ourselves as conduits rather than a basket; be a passageway to present things to others from God. Be a giver of time, love, and kindness and then sit back. Chillax in His promise that the best for you will come to you at the very, right time.

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