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"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep in holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work" (Exodus 20:8-10). 

We live in an “I’m too busy” world. Fast Foods; 15-minute oil changes; one-hour photo development. Even surgery is done on an outpatient basis—you’re on your way home before you’ve had a chance to rest!  Modern society is stuck in the fast-forwarding mode. But even the VCR has a pause button. And if we want to find ultimate health and live longer, we’ve got to find the lost rhythm between action and rest. That healthy ratio between work and play. That balance between doing it our way and doing it God’s way.

There is an answer to the “I’m too busy” refrain. It’s found in God’s commandment to “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” It’s the winning formula of six days for us and one for God, or calculated in hours: 144 for us and 24 for God. But to get the benefits, it can’t be sprinkled a little here and there. Just as catnapping can’t take the place of a good night’s sleep, so mini-vacations cannot take the place of the 24-hour pause that God has commanded we observe.

Play, Refreshment, Renewal

Wayne Muller writes in his book Sabbath: Remembering the Sacred Rhythm of Rest and Delight, “Sabbath is more than the absence of work; it is a day when we partake of the wisdom, peace and delight that grow only in the soil of time—time consecrated specifically for play, refreshment, and renewal.”

How can you step off the “I’m too busy” merry-go-round and keep God’s Sabbath day holy? How can you celebrate this pause in time so you’ll come away refreshed and revived?

Celebrate the beginning of the Sabbath. The Jews and many Bible-believing Christians observe Sabbath on the seventh day, from sundown Friday night until sundown Saturday night. Put away the ritual things you do during the week, such as newspapers and TV, and create Sabbath rituals. Light candles, set the table with the aroma of fresh flowers and the sparkle of your very best china. Fix some special food, something that week after week becomes associated with God’s time. As you taste it you remember God and all that He has done for you. Worship Him. When your mind is focused on God, you can’t think about yourself and all you have to do.

Are you experiencing the rest and delight God wants you to enjoy? Press the pause button and celebrate God’s holy Sabbath.

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By Jan W. Kuzma. Excerpted from Fit Forever, compiled by Kay Kuzma, copyright © 2005 by Review & Herald Publishing. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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