Monday, March 14, 2011

A Day to Rest

Sunday is the day that God set aside to rest and we are called to do the same. It's the day set aside to worship Him and rest from work. A time to spend with family and friends. A time to let go of the work waiting for you on your desk. A time to collect your thoughts. A time to be still and know that He is God.

When I was a child, Sundays were treated as a day of worship and rest by almost everyone. Stores were closed with the exception of a few gas stations and pharmacies. Families and friends visited in the afternoon. You didn't need an invitation to go visit. If you were out for a Sunday drive, you just stopped by. Some took a well deserved nap to prepare for the week ahead. It was a slower pace that allowed us to be still and know that He is God.

The world that we live in has gotten so busy that many people don't take time out for worship or rest on Sundays. Families are scattered across town or even across the country. Stores being open on Sunday is the norm these days and shopping has taken the place of visiting and resting. Just dropping by for a visit uninvited is a serious social faux pas. And your odds of finding someone at home are pretty low. People feel that there's just too much to do to "waste" Sunday by spending time with others and resting. There is no time to be still and know that He is God.

There are 5 Sundays left till Easter. I challenge you to use the days as God intended. Worship together as a family. When you get home, turn off the things that keep you from spending time together. We all have them - the TV, video games, cell phones, etc. When was the last time you really talked with your children and not at them. How long has it been since you spent any quality one on one time with your spouse? Dig out a board game that the whole family can play. Listen for the laughter that comes from a family having fun together at home.

Take time to be still and know that He is God.

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