Sunday, September 6, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

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"An Office Worker"
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(8) “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 
(9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, (10) but the seventh day
 is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, 
nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. (11) For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea,
 and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed 
the Sabbath day and made it holy."  - Exodus 20:8-11

When I was growing up, there were the Blue Laws which didn't allow some businesses to open on Sundays. And, the Ten Commandments where it states to keep the Sabbath holy and rest. My parents weren't the strictest people about honoring the Sabbath but we were not allowed to work. We could play in the yard, with our friends, or with the dog, or really anything of that nature. However, we were not allowed to do homework, yard work, washing the car or work at a job. We were to rest!

I got to thinking about that this week. It's been quite a busy few weeks in my household. Sometimes the tasks seem never-ending. Regardless, I try to get everything done so that I can have a "day off" on Sunday. It has gotten to be so refreshing.

Many years ago when I was single and starting my career, I began working in a Christian radio station. My shift was on a Sunday morning. Christian or not, a radio station has to continue broadcasting every day of the week of their approved hours. To me, the work turned into a blessing because every Sunday, I got to assist an elderly lady caller hear her worship service when she couldn't get her radio to work. It did mean, I could not go to my church but I was able to listen to worship services while I was working. Not too long after, I was "promoted" to an opening on the Saturday afternoon shift and was able to return to having Sundays off and going to church.

Several years ago, I was volunteering for a rescue by doing some writing and photography. I loved it quite a bit and was diligent at getting it done many times on a Sunday afternoon or evening. However, since that is my work too, it didn't take long for it to become another task of my workload. It became an obligation I had to fulfill before I could have some time to myself. What I didn't realize it that it was taking time away from my day off to relax, though I didn't miss church for it, and from my wife and dog. I didn't realize it was building up within me as another thing to do not allowing me to refresh before the following week started.

Although I didn't want to do so at first, I decided to quit part of the writing for the rescue. It needed to be done, but helping to get dogs adopted is a passion of mine so it wasn't easy. The next day, I woke up feeling rejuvenated and ready to conquer the world! Not long after, I quit the rest of the responsibilities of writing for the rescue. I still have my writing for the newspaper and website to help dogs get adopted so I wasn't dropping everything. Again, the next day, I woke up feeling rejunated and ready to conquer the world.

By trying to follow God's Word and Commandments, He was blessing me with feeling refreshed. After all, if God worked six days and rested on the seventh and instructs us to do the same, we should be doing it.

Being a Christian means following God's Will and His Word in our lives. Of course, none of us are perfect but if we trust in Him, He was help us to do His Will. Some people think they want to have complete control of their lives not God. Well, you are missing out on the greatest life you can have by not trusting God.

One of the best websites to learn about the Christian faith and to have a relationship with Jesus is found at Peace With God.

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