Take The Day Off

Submitted by ARL contributor Harry Tuttle

I don’t know about you, but modern life wears me out.  Even sitting in front of the computer, which occupies a significant amount of my day, just drains me. 

It’s counter-intuitive in many ways, but there are some stresses that can only be relieved by vigorous excercise, just being outside, just enjoying a good book or movie.  Tuning out the noise, really.

You think your kids need a nap?  Well, just how irritable are you feeling, friend?

Do something about it and make time to actually get some R&R, you know:  Rest and Relaxation.  There are serious practical benefits and, who’d have guessed, we’ve known this for quite a while.  How?  God told us so….yeah, who’d have figured that he’d be looking out for us on such a basic level.

You might think you know about the Sabbath, but do you really?  I ran accross this great site recently that I highly recommend:  The Sabbath Manifesto

In brief, those at The Sabbath Manifesto remind us of the practical benefits of following God’s 4th Commandment…pretty high up there on that list.  To wit:

 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20:1-17

Regardless of your particular religious inclinations (or even where you might come down on the controversy surround which day is the Sabbath), we might note that Jesus himself reminded us that “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” – Mark 2:27

This might suggest that adherence to the 4th Commandment does, indeed, have practical benefits.  Those at The Sabbath Manifesto agree.  They suggest exercising this generally ignored practice by following these 10 principles:

  1. Avoid Technology
  2. Connect With Loved Ones
  3. Nurture Your Health
  4. Get Outside
  5. Avoid Commerce
  6. Light Candles
  7. Drink Wine
  8. Eat Bread
  9. Find Silence
  10. Give Back

Sound like good ideas to me.

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