We as humans tend to struggle with that very thing on a constant basis. Especially in America. Today’s devotional was about having a sabbath day. A time to rest and a time to reflect on God.
I know I have a tendency to struggle with this concept a lot. There are so many things that I feel need done. The first part of that is my work. I have my own business, and I’ve just got about a year and a half under my belt so you can imagine the wonderful struggle to constantly either trying to get the work done, or taking the time to find new work. I work late nights about once or twice a week, and still try to make sure to be back in the next morning bright and early. It’s taken a toll on me at times, and I’ve actually even slowed down compared to how much I used to work when I first started.
The second part of this has to do with the ministry side of our time. I know we use the excuse “It’s ministry so it doesn’t count”. It does in God’s eyes. He wants you to get the rest that you need so that you can be as useful to Him as possible. If you are trying to talk with someone that is going through a tough patch in their life, but you’re falling asleep during the conversation, that’s not good ministry. Those that are married (and even more so with children) need to be sure that the home life is just as stable too. If your house is out of order, your ministry will be too. Have you heard of the phrase “Been There, Done That, Burnt the T-shirt”? That was me for sure.
“What about when I have to work on a Sunday?” Well some jobs do require you to work on Sunday. If you can figure a way to work it out where you don’t have to work every Sunday, then do so. If not, be sure to take a sabbath day during the week. Take time to relax, have fun, but also be sure to take time to focus on the Creator that has given you that job that you have. He would really love it.
Also, don’t give up time with fellow believers. The ones that will actually keep you in check. Making sure your not sliding down the rocky hill of temptation (of any sort).
When all is said and done, you will feel much better off knowing that you are rested, relaxed and ready to hit the daily grind again for the next week. Hopefully this will encourage some of you to take that time to rest and spend time with your family and/or friends. Have a great week!!