For those of us who keep a long To Do list, the thought of taking a day off is scary and downright impossible. Or is it? If you read my book, you know that I tell folks that the successful student studies every day. However, the older I get the more I see a need for a day off each week, even from studying.
Consider this. When God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments, he told them:
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. 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, 10-11)
When I was younger, I worked every day and got more and more stressed every day. However, for the last 5-6 years, I have taken Sunday as my Sabbath day each week. I try not to do any work at all. Sometimes my job calls me to work out of town on a few given Sundays, but for the most part, I try not to do anything on Sundays except go to church and spend time with my family.
Taking a day off accomplishes 3 things:
1. You get a mini vacation every week.
I travel a lot for my job, so I treasure the days when I can be at home with my family. One tradition we have on our “Sabbath” is Reading Time. Reading Time is 30 minutes when everyone gets a book, heads to the living room, and just reads. Sounds exciting, I know, but it is one of my favorite things! At first, the kids whined and complained because it took them away from their electronics. However, we pop popcorn, get cozy in the living room, and get into a good book. I LOVE it!!!
I also work so much during the week that I rarely watch television. However, another thing I get to do on my “Sabbath” is watch shows with my wife or children. And I don’t have to worry about “wasting” my time because I’m on vacation! Woo-hoo!!
2. Your health will improve.
I could cite many medical journals where a day of rest is necessary for optimal health. We all know it, but we don’t always do what is best for our bodies. Having a day each week to just take it easy has probably kept me out of the doctor’s office more than I realize.
3. You must rely on God.
Having a full, two-day weekend usually gives ample time to complete those bigger projects around the house or at work. Cut it in half and you may freak out. “If I take tomorrow off, there is no way I can get this done in time!” But God always provides. Always. Taking a day off really forces one to trust in God and know that He will somehow take care of everything. He’s been doing it for centuries. He will keep doing it one more time.
So take a break in the action and give your mind and body a much-needed rest. Then hit the books hard on Monday and dominate your classes!