Stop!

Stop!

by Jason Deines

in Featured, Walking the Christian Life

We’re all familiar with the 10 Commandments and as Christians we do our best to follow them. Heck, some are pretty easy to follow; thou shall not murder, thou shall not steal, thou shall not lie, etc. But how seriously do we take the 4thcommandment to observe the Sabbath and keep it holy? If there is one Commandment that I’m guilty of not following it’s definitely this one. Keeping busy is just a way of life. I keep busy in pursuit of my dreams, I keep busy to meet my financial goals, I keep busy taking care of my household and sometimes I keep busy so I don’t have to experience emotional pain.

Technology as a Time Saver

Back when technology was becoming more popular we thought it would make our lives easier and we would have more time for the things we enjoy. Unfortunately, that has not been the case; in fact, you could probably associate several disorders with technology. A good example would be a social media disorder. How many of you are addicted to Twitter or Facebook? Can you go 10 minutes without seeing what’s being said or letting people know you just bought a cup of coffee? How about texting? What’s the longest you’ve gone without shooting a friend a quick text?

Frankly, our lives are busier than they have ever been. There is always something demanding our attention and technology has only added to our problems and if we aren’t careful we will never take the time to STOP! Don’t get me wrong; I love technology but there are also times I hate it. Heck, if it weren’t for technology I would not have this blog and be able to reach thousands of people each month (not sure if this is a good or bad thing yet).

If we aren’t careful we can waste the day with our noses buried in our cell phones, computers and iPads and lose valuable time resting and reflecting on God’s goodness.

God rested on the 7th day. Why? Because God knew that rest is important. If we don’t take the time to rest, reflect and recharge we are heading straight for a nervous breakdown (No, I don’t have any documentation to backup this claim-it just sounded dramatic).

Rest, Reflect and Recharge

Resting on the Sabbath isn’t about rules and regulations like the Pharisees made it. The Sabbath is about getting your mind off yourself and onto God. Jesus healed on the Sabbath! I’m sure He ate, walked around, and bathed on the Sabbath too. The point I am trying to make is this-we can’t be so consumed with our desires that we work 24/7. We’ve got to take time out of our busy lives to relax and reflect on what God is doing in our lives.

You can accomplish this in many different ways. Some people find a strong connection with God while they are skiing down the snow covered slopes, hiking a couple miles to their favorite fishing hole, or simply turning off their cell phone for a day. When we take the time to reflect on what God is doing in our lives, we remove the emphasis from ourselves and put the focus on Him.

How are you going to Rest, Reflect and Recharge?

Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.


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