A Day of Rest · 25 May 2013

Conventional wisdom says that we need to take a day of rest every week. I actually believe it and practice it.

Actually, God is the one who says we ought to take a break every week. (Which is why I believe and practice it.) We even need to take a break from exercising.

The problem is that most of our society does not believe this particular bit of wisdom. We think we need to go, go, go all the time. We work hard and play hard. We work overtime or take work home. Then, we spend our weekends and vacations going nonstop. We often hear people say (or might even say ourselves) that they need a vacation from their vacations.

Unfortunately, life catches up to us when we do not take a day off. We get too run down and our immune systems crash. We get sick or injured because our minds and bodies are worn down. It does not matter whether we are taking a break from work or play, we need to take breaks. We need to rest.

I took a break from work and play in the middle of the week this past week. I take my weekends as rest days from work for the most part, but having a break in the middle of the week was a special treat. My wife and I attended our youngest son’s Greek mythology presentation and snack. Then, we watched movies for much of the rainy afternoon. I thought about running, but the downpours and sunshine kept vying for attention so I did not go out. It ended up being a blessed day of complete rest.

I was amazed at how much the rest refreshed me. The next morning, I woke up before my alarm completely refreshed. I was ready to face the day and even did a little more exercise than normal in the morning. I was not sleepy at all during the day. It was great.

If you have not already guessed, I am not all that thrilled with conventional wisdom. But when God says something, we ought to listen. We ought to take it to heart and get a day of rest each week.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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