My wife left me… literally she is gone. This leaves an empty place in not only my life but my schedule. Okay seriously she only left me for the weekend, but by the time she left the drive way I already had started missing her (cue the sad romantic music). I mean honestly she is so freaking amazing and the sexiest woman on the planet who wouldn’t miss her?! I realized something a few hours ago and that is I have to do something that I haven’t done in well over a year…. Yes I have to take my day of rest without my wife Danielle. What in the hell am I suppose to do? Typically when we take rest day together there is no resting… haha yes I am uber mature. Now I do have to clarify so I do not come across as a sex crazed male, but who am I suppose to talk to, play cards with or just relax with? She is my soul mate and the best friend any one could ask for.
She is headed to a sales training in Missouri and I am sitting here in a big dark empty house with our two dogs (Jackson and Fiore) who speak some form of a language that resembles mandarin (I’m convinced they are ridiculously smart but cannot convey it). What-oh-what are we supposed to do while mom is away? We played hide and seek and of course they won, we played cards and I won, we sat on the patio and enjoyed the quiet and we both won. But I am out of ideas.
So to bide some time until the love of my life comes home I decided to do some research on rest days and how they effect our lives. God told us to “Remember the Sabbath day” (Exodus 20:8). God created us to be unique and purposeful. And the issue of worship lay at the heart of His divine purpose for us, His day, called the Sabbath, is a day for us to put aside our daily routines and enjoy a much-needed break.
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 not do any work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter nor your manservant, nor your maidservant… that your house may rest as well as you. (Deut 5:13-14)
That’s why the Lord Jesus said that the “Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mk 2:27). God created the Sabbath for us so we can rest and turn our attention away from our work. We can restore our focus on the right way of life.
Throughout the day, our heart rate increases or decreases depending on a number of factors – physical demands, chemical interactions, emotional episodes, and yes, stress or drama. Interestingly, your heart rate increases differently in each of these situations. So, if stress to the body is normal, why is our modern-day stress a bad thing? The issue today is that many of us are constantly stressed, worried, or anxious, and as a result, we are overworking our sympathetic nervous system, and not allowing this return to safety.
Scientists have discovered that everyday emotional stress is a trigger for the growth of tumors and cancer. Any sort of trauma, emotional or physical, can act as a pathway between cancerous mutations, bringing them together in a potentially deadly mix. Researchers showed that mutations can promote cancer even when they are located in different cells, because stress opens up pathways between them. The findings seem to show for the first time that the conditions for developing the disease can be affected by your emotional environment, including everyday work and family stress. Ultimately the reduction of cancer can be a correlation between the decrease in stress and increase in happiness.
So if God instructed us to take rest days to eliminate stress and people keep working 100 hour weeks, is cancer the result of a punishment from God? Is He basically saying hey dummy slow down or you are about to meet your maker? All I know is when I started taking rest days and honoring God I had incredible blessings happen. I was losing weight, increasing my income, having an insane love life with my wife and living a happier life. All things that positively encouraged me to keep doing what I was doing.
Rest also means freedom from whatever worries or disturbs you. Some people cannot rest mentally and emotionally because they are so easily annoyed. So I have to ask you today what could annoy you so bad that you are unable to rest? If rest causes increases in God’s blessing and happiness and decreases cancer or negative health, what is honestly stopping you from completely unplugging for one day a week? I cannot control your life and I cannot tell you what to do, however I can honestly tell you that until you start living by biblical commandments of God you will never truly be satisfied or happy in life (or wealthy). So from sundown on Friday night to sundown on Saturday, good luck getting a hold of me, my schedule is full. Shabbat Shalom. Peace out.