It’s funny how we can go to church yet the message doesn’t really hit home until we actually get home and review. I visited a church this past Sunday and it was not until Tuesday night when I read the notes that I realized just how powerful this message really was. The sermon was about breaking negative spirits in your life. But the part that really stuck out to me was the importance of keeping the Sabbath holy; the necessity of taking a day to silence the noise.
Today’s society is driven by the “I’ll sleep when I die” mentality and it is running people into the ground. If even the all-powerful, all-knowing God needed a day to refuel, who are we that we don’t need the same? In order to maximize the energy we put into our work and our daily routines, we need time to refresh. The body knows this and that is why it will often shut down when pushed too far.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
In pursuit of success, we get consumed in work, work, work. We think this is the only way to achieve our dreams. By doing this we can neglect our families and ourselves. The only way to be fulfilled by all that we are doing is to participate in some type of activity that we enjoy. Take yourself out to dinner. Watch Netflix and eat popcorn with your spouse. Take the kids to the park, sit on the bench, and read a book. These types of activities are like food. They provide us energy to keep going.
We can move so quickly in overdrive to the point of becoming sick. And then push more not giving time to heal. We have to take care of our bodies as well as our minds giving ourselves time to recollect our thoughts. Stepping away from something allows you to return to it with a clear mind and fresh new ideas. Why? Because you are exposing yourself to unique perspectives outside of the norm in the office.
This is your homework assignment for the week: Select a day that you can take time to yourself. It does not have to be Sunday. For you Saturday may make more sense, or Monday or any other day of the week. Think of a fun activity that you would like to do whether by yourself or with close friends or family. Also make time to spend in worship. Turn your cell phone on silent, close the laptop, and enjoy that day! Stay healthy folks!
-Renée Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative