Growing up we were always taught to have a day of rest. While in school that normally was Sunday. When I turned 12 I started to attend church on Saturday nights & then used Sundays to just relax. That meant no homework, no chores; just relaxing. Now that I’m in college, working part-time, taking piano, & volunteering in a couple of areas in the church, sometimes I feel like I don’t have anytime for myself. So I’ve been trying to implement a day of rest on Sundays. I try to do all my school work between Monday & Friday while using Saturday as a buffer day, just incase I don’t get everything done. But more than that I’m going to start using Sundays as not only a day of rest but a day to unplug. Yes, you heard that right, unplug from the internet. Last Sunday I spent almost two hours knitting while listening to an audiobook & let me tell you I felt so much more at rest. I think it’s important that we live in the moment. It’s so easy to get caught up in the online world & miss what’s going on in front of us. This kind of relates to my previous post, how easy it is to get distracted by something so simple as a cell phone. I have a lot of things I love to do like reading, knitting, writing, photography, playing the piano, & the odd time painting. Trying to do those things doesn’t come easy when I’m distracted by my phone. I can honestly admit to not being able to read as long as I used to when I was younger & I definitely equate that to having a cell phone. It’s healthy to get into the habit of just unplugging yourself from all that’s going on in the world. Trust me you’ll appreciate all the extra time you have. Even God took a day of rest after Creation, I think it’s important for us to spend time doing what we like, or simply doing nothing at all every once & a while. Let’s face it when we don’t we tend to get really stressed out.
I really want to challenge some of you to just live in the moment. Turn of your phone, or your computer & read a book, spend time with your loved ones, pick up a new hobby, even spend more time with God. Because the things that are most important are not found on the internet.
“Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your servant woman, and the alien, may be refreshed. Exodus 23:12
3 thoughts on “A Day of Rest”
I am amazed how few adults read on a regular basis. I’m sure I read 5-6 months a month. Now I wouldn’t ‘unplug’ as I read on my kindle and ipad all the time too (but you can’t beat a real book!!!)
My husband & I had lunch together today & talked about this very message. Our daughter, who is 15 years old, has completed high school, has started her first job, is actively involved in & teaches dance, goes to her youth group every Friday and will be taking Journalism at Mohawk in September. What a very great reminder that God did all He needed to do in 6 days and still had a day to rest. This has really encouraged me to do the same for myself & my family!
It’s funny, but I used to have a complete day of rest years ago before I was married and I have the absolute BEST memories from that season of life. Been trying to implement a day of ‘rest’ lately and I keep getting caught up in doing stuff. Good reminder to us all Alicia 🙂 Thanks for sharing.