“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…” (Exodus 20:9-10)
The commandment to rest is quite possibly the most easily ignored of the Ten Commandments. Particularly in cultures where hard work and high productivity are often viewed as signs of virtue and strong character. The thought of taking a full day to rest might make us feel weak or lazy. We should be able to handle our intensive constant workloads because of our strong character and upbringing, right?
If you’re like me, you often find yourself longing to curl up with a book or puzzle, or maybe you relax through outdoor activities or art, but you never find the time because you can always think of some task that is still on your to-do list. The truth is, we need opportunities to relax and enjoy ourselves. I have felt convicted lately to try to do a better job of just that. I have decided to avoid true work one day per week. I don’t work on my blog, study for classes I’m taking on the side, or even wear my calorie tracker. I began this experiment a couple of weeks before Christmas, but the holidays and time off made it less routine. Now, I plan to continue taking one day a week off, and I will provide updates here from time to time.
So far, I have learned that I don’t just need a break from work, but I also need a break from stress. If making decisions that aren’t particularly pressing stress me out, I need to find another day to do them, not the day I’m resting. I actually felt more relaxed last week, and it’s motivating to have a slower paced day to anticipate.
I look forward to sharing more with you as I continue my journey to find the rest the Lord commands us to take.