Happy Monday, ya'll‼️😘🙌 Are you rested and ready for the week? Neither am I. 😁😳 Let's challenge each other to be rested & ready to conquer the week, more so next weekend than this one.
I know, somebody just read this and thought ahead to this weekend like I just did and thought "So much for that! Impossible with my plans this weekend!" What ever your plans may be, fit in some down time FOR YOU! Be intentional. You can do it!!
8“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11 NKJV
Ok, here's the deal. Most of us would agree that it is a good idea to keep at least nine of the commandments & for the most part, I would venture to say that is your aim each day. But on the other hand, we act like one of the ten commandments is old fashion: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” What about living in the New Covenant, abiding by a commandment "to love one another as we love ourselves"? The Ten Commandments still apply even if we are not living in the Old Testament era because if we are loving each other and ourselves, we will be living by the commandments. I am not saying we are under the law still, but would you go out and murder someone and think it's ok or have an affair and think it is the right thing to do? Go down the list. The only one most of us break with no remorse is "Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy."
For some of us, it's that "loving yourself" that's the hard part, and that's why we don't rest enough. Listen, you are valuable. God doesn't want you so worn out that you have nothing else to give, and you are a mess physically, emotionally, & spiritually because of thinking of everyone else except yourself. I have been guilty in the past of thinking that doing anything for me or my family was selfish. I had no boundaries. I honestly lived every day of my life the way I played sports. I thought I was supposed to go wide open and "leave it ALL on the field" every day. For a one hour game, you can do that. For a sprint, you can do that. For a distance run, which is more comparable to life, we have to learn to pace ourselves. Here’s to hoping that I will listen to my own advice and DO what I know is right regarding this. I also hope every reader will take this to heart. Begin to love yourself enough to rest. The more I do this, the better I really am for those around me. When I don't do this, ask my family and friends (or maybe don't actually😁), I'm almost useless to anyone.
Join me in getting better each week with setting margin in life. Make a goal and keep it. My goal is to work a certain number of hours this week, to put my phone down and leave it down after a certain time each night, to get a specific number of hours of sleep each day, to spend specific time resting in God's presence each day & to do something fun this week I want to do.
Please leave a comment on what helps you to rest, any pointers you have learned with this, or how this is going to help you. Let's meet again over coffee next Monday morning RESTED! 😍😴👌💃