This morning at church, our Pastor gave a message about the importance of rest. He used the book of Leviticus, Chapter 25:1-22 as the starting point and went into the what and why of rest from the Bible. Now, I know I'm not the only one but I was sitting in that service with the words "Guilty As Charged" written all over my forehead. While I have made attempts in the past, they were puny at best. I love my work, I love what I do and sometimes I just have great difficulty in putting the brakes on. Even when I am not working, I tend to think about. Having a Blackberry with email coming right to my phone, oh Lord, I'm horrible and I admit it. Even when I was across the pond in Egypt with my wife, I was bad. Perhaps I should take some lessons from my cat?
Yet, I sometimes (okay, mostly) have a hard time trusting God with this. Many of my competitors run seven days, open house on Sunday. It's a great day to pick up buyers so the theory holds. I could be developing a new marketing program or the next brochure. I could use that extra day! Yet, God doesn't say that. He promotes the six days of work and the seventh day of rest first by example in Genesis 2:2. This isn't "Do as I say not as I do", He did exactly what he expects of us.
Truett Cathy, the man behind Chick-Fil-A has a five step process for business success. This incredible man, who is now in his late 80's names his fifth principle as "Closed On Sunday". According to Truett's own website, Chick-Fil-A has had 40 years of consecutive sales growth with it's free-standing restaurants achieving higher sales in six days than most do in seven. It was Truett's way of honoring God and instilling those principles within every member of his organization.
Yet, for many of us this would be trying to teach and old dog new tricks. I've had the principles of hard work instilled in me as long as I can remember. In times of prospering and famine, it was all about getting your butt out the door and in the field or the factory. This is something that I pray I'm able to break. If you're like me, perhaps it's time that we give it a shot? Say, next Sunday? Turn the phone off, put down the pad and paper, and hug your spouse and yours kids (or your cat, I've no kids). Enjoy a walk in the park, a Sunday morning at church, and a family dinner. We both could be pleasantly surprised at how much better the week will look.
As for this Sunday, I'm calling it quits. I just felt so compelled to blog about not working on Sunday that I blogged on Sunday. Ugh!!!! Guilty As Charged!!!!