“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 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, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” – Exodus 20:8-11 ESV
Did you realize that honoring the Sabbath is one of the 10 Commandments? Right up there between not taking the Lord’s name in vain and honoring your mother and your father. It is in the top half of the list. Do you see the importance?
In America, we believe we have to be working all of the time. Many of us think if we take time to rest or unplug, it is a sign of laziness, but even the Lord took a day to rest. The day of rest does not have to be on Sunday. For many, Sunday is a busy day, so it is best to pick another day. My day of rest is usually Friday or Saturday. A great of pastors take Monday as their day of rest. The point is to take a day!
Now, if this is a new concept for you, start with several hours at first. Rest in the uncomfortable and lean into the rest. Slowly add to the time, until you are honoring the Lord by honoring His commandment to rest. Care for yourself, so you can continue to care for those around you.
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