Give It A Rest!

“ONE OF THE WORST PROBLEMS for those who don’t observe the Sabbath day is that life can become so humdrum, every day the same—day after day! The pressures of work never let up; there is always something more to do. Our culture’s great need to cease working is evidenced by the mass exit from the cities for the weekend—thousands of people are trying to “get away from it all.” The ironic thing is that these attempts usually cannot be successful because most of those trying to run away from the pressures of their work aren’t actually doing anything to relieve those pressures or lessen their anxieties. Merely to run from work, productivity, tensions, striving to be in control, the hassles of buying and selling, and the prevailing cultural values doesn’t work because one must come back to them again.”

“Celebrating the Sabbath is different from running away. We do not merely leave [our stressful activities]—we actually cease letting them have a hold on our lives.”

“In contrast to the technological society, in which the sole criterion of value is the measurement of efficiency, those who keep the Sabbath find their criteria in the character of God, in whose image they celebrate life.”

Dawn, Marva J. (1989-09-01). Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting (p. 50). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. Kindle Edition.
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About pastorjoehite

Senior Pastor of Valley Fellowship of Yakima
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