I had the privilege of previewing Senator Lieberman’s new book on the sabbath and it convicted this too-busy Baptist that a “weekly” sabbath of rest is an important biblical concept. God wrote the owner’s manual on human beings, called the Bible, and there the fact of a regular Sabbath is both taught and emphasized. God knew that we humans need a regular period of rest.
As a Christian, I feel a freedom to apply the concept of a Sabbath in a more individual and flexible manner than Senator Lieberman would as an “observant” Jew. However, the principle of drawing aside for a time of regular rest from labor, no matter how much we may enjoy that labor, is important. Unfortunately, it is too often neglected in this Protestant work ethic culture.
Recently, responding to Senator Lieberman’s reminder, I have tried to schedule at least two half days a week where I do nothing related to work. I have found that it does “re-charge” your batteries and that I am more productive, and probably healthier, as a result.
I also took a real vacation this summer for the first time in several years and found that it was delightful. I arrived back at the office rested, re-charged, and refreshed.
Richard Land | Aug 18, 2011 10:09 PM
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