by Isaac Whiting
What is It?
It’s a day of rest or a Sabbath. I’ve heard people call it a Stop Day. The rules are simple. One day a week we don’t schedule anything. No meetings, no errands, no school, no church, no work. If someone invites us to dinner… maybe.
On our day of rest we try hard to do nothing. I am not saying we don’t do anything. I am saying we do nothing. The kids have to fend for themselves in the kitchen. We put our own dishes in the dishwasher, but slowly. We read some Bible together and sing songs, but only for a little while. We do whatever we want as long as it is completely unproductive. If it is on your to-do list or you feel the urge to get it done quickly it is off limits. Oh, and we also stay together.
Now, here are five things this has accomplished in my life.
5) Work Hard Without Being Hopeless
Life used to seem like an endless stream of work and crises. Work, get it done, kids yelling, too tired, go to bed, get up and do it again. Now I know the cycle will end once every week. When I feel too tired to keep going I know a day of rest is coming.
4) Gives Me Bursts of Power
This is huge. Sitting around and doing nothing seems like a waste of time. But its not! All time is not created equal. We have days where everything clicks. We have times of day where we can come up with amazing thoughts and solve problems quickly. When I take a day of rest every week I have more of these times and stronger. How much is that worth? It’s incalculable.
3) Rest Without Guilt
How else can you get rest without guilt? Unless you have a day where you are not allowed to get things done you will always feel like you are wasting time. Rest without guilt is true rest.
2) Your Family Will Love It
If you have a family they will all love your rest day. My children are more excited about this day than they are about video games, movies and candy. The night before a rest day they go to sleep with smiles on their faces. How rad is that?
1) You Will Love It
Finally, you will love it. Taking a day of rest has tons of tangible benefits, but the best reason to do anything is love. I didn’t love them at first, but now I love them. They are peace and joy and life and fun. What are you working for in your life?