As a family we went to see Africa United on Saturday. If you have not seen it, I thoroughly recommend it. I was so inspired I wrote a ‘thank you’ email to one of the Producers (who happens to be a friend of mine). As great as the film was (if you have not seen it, I thoroughly recommend it) I am not going to blog about that today.
What was great was having time off. My diary has got out of control in the last month and I have found myself working on most days off. That is not good. I have realised this and am trying hard to rein it back in. I was particularly challenged about this when preparing a sermon on the 4th Commandment for Sunday morning – all about observing the Sabbath.
This is not primarily about taking Saturdays off (if Jewish) or keeping Sundays special (if Christian) but about how God has designed us to work for a maximum of six days out of seven, taking the seventh day (whichever day of the week that turns out to be) as a day to rest, relax, recharge and be re-created.
I have just experienced an illustration. I am working on my laptop and suddenly noticed that the battery level was really low. It needs a recharge. So do we! We cannot keep going relentlessly. Burning the candle at both ends is not a bright idea!
So when do you recharge? How disciplined are you about taking enough time off? The startling thing to realise is that this is not an observation or suggestion from God, it is a Commandment.
A man and his ten-year-old son were on a fishing trip miles from home. At the boy’s insistence, they decided to attend the Sunday worship service at a small rural church. The father forgot to bring any cash, so he reached in his pocket and gave his son a ten pence coin to drop in the offering plate as it was passed.
As they walked back to their car after the service, the father complained. “The service was too long,” he lamented. “The sermon was boring, and the singing was off key.”
Finally the boy said, “Daddy, I thought it was pretty good for ten pence!”