Hello, my loyal readers, after taking a couple weeks off I am back and with a fresh outlook on things. My two-week sabbatical was due to a few different factors. Sickness in my household, health issues of my wife, my continuing education, and honestly, I was mentally exhausted. I have this problem where I work constantly, I currently have 3 side businesses, on top of writing more than one blog article a week and working on my book, “From Baptist to Believer”. I’m building my farm up for the spring, while playing with my kids and romancing my wife. Basically, I have a bad habit of piling a lot of things on my head and never taking a break. Well I did, with the exception of college work and my family, I didn’t do anything, I didn’t even go workout, shame on me I know.
I can say that I see a lot of this in the men that I associate with. It’s one of the reasons that we all associate with each other, we like to work hard. We encourage each other in each new endeavor. Pumping each other up with support and enthusiasm, and there is nothing wrong with this, in fact I encourage it. The past two weeks gave me some time to reflect, me and my trusty pipe, and yes, we will go lunting again soon; and what I came up with is that sometimes, we men forget to take a moment for ourselves. I know your first thought, working is for myself, and improving me, is for myself, and you’re not wrong, but you’re not right either.
God created the earth in 6 days, not 7. I know many of you don’t believe in that or a literal 6 day creation, but bear with me. God created the universe in 6 days, and then what did he do? He took a break. He rested on the 7th. He didn’t do anything. God gave us 10 commandments written in stone to be preserved and observed for all time. One of those commandments is remember the sabbath. The exact words are in Exodus 20:8-11”Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested on the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
Do you not understand that God, made the day of rest holy. He created us, he knows us, and he knows our limitations. God commands that we rest, and not only rest, but enjoy our rest. God commands us to not work, even the cattle should not work, all the time. That means you can’t even milk them. So, if this rest is so important as to be commanded by God, then why do we ignore it? Why do we think we are better than it? Maybe if I took a day once a week and just rested, I wouldn’t need two weeks off. Maybe because God is wiser than us, he knows that we can recharge ourselves in a day and He knows we are more productive.
People forget God created us and knows us better than we know ourselves. He even knows the number of hairs on your head. If you’re completely bald, I know the number of hairs on your head as well. All joking aside, there are only two main points I wanted to make here. God knows we need rest, why don’t we submit to his wisdom, and take a rest? Also, why do we think we know better and ignore this? Moving forward, I am taking one day off completely, join me and lets see if it makes a difference.