LGD 083: Work and Rest

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Rest seems elusive these days as we press on through a challenging year. The idea of rest came from God, who created the universe in six days, and rested on the seventh. We can apply this model to our lives as well.

Legs outstretched while overlooking a valley
Photo by Jan Padilla on Unsplash

Labor Day is just around the corner, and today kicks off a long weekend for most folks. In a typical year, Labor Day provides a nice break after schools restart, and vacations come to a close.

This year, Labor Day provides an opportunity for all of us to slow down and rest after pushing through a stressful year.

Personally, this rest day could not have come at a better time. I have been pushing way too hard for too long.

My body is ready to revolt.

Our scripture today reminds us that rest is important.

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God.”

Dueteronomy 5:13-14a

As we saw yesterday, work has purpose and meaning; however, our Creator does not expect us to work full out seven days a week.

Sabbath rest is important. We need time to refuel and recharge.

Over the past year or so, I have been burdened with understanding how stress affects the workplace and the church.

The simple conclusion is rest. Rest provides rejuvenation for the soul and our physical bodies. When we rest, we recover.

Each week we need to hit the pause button and rest. This rest is vital for preparing us for the week ahead. Most people take a rest on Sunday; however, depending on your work schedule, any day could be your Sabbath rest.

This weekend, I encourage you to hit the pause button and rest. Your body will thank you, but your soul will relish it as well.

Prayer: Lord, thanks for the beauty of another day. This weekend, as we enjoy Labor Day, help me to take time to rest and reflect. Restore my body, mind, and soul during this sabbath weekend. Thank you for creating rest. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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