Closed on Sunday

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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.Resting in a sun bath 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!!!!


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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

It does take some commitment to take a day off - really take off!

Mar 21, 2010 06:20 AM #1
Jay Lloyd
Cape Coral Florida - Cape Coral, FL
Allpro Home Inspection

Hi Matthew, Enjoy your Sunday off and if that includes a post to AR, so be it. In our chosen profession we are helping our fellow man by working on Sunday. Afterall, most times it's the only day our clients have off.

Best Regards, Jay

Mar 21, 2010 06:22 AM #2
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

All of my days are virtually the same since I'm not a religious person.

I have noted that a great supermajority of my competition is closed on Sundays -- and Saturdays, too! -- which I guess is why I do a lot of business during the weekends.

Personally, if there is a God, I think she would be very happy to have me work whenever the work is there. Put your God into your life on each and every day and you won't have to take off any one specific day to make up for not being faithful, so to speak, the other six days.

If you feel guilty as charged about working on Sunday, take the money you made and donate it to your church, to the battered women and children's shelters, to the Red Cross, to the soup kitchen, to the goodwill pantry, etc. Surely God would not punish you for doing good deeds. If she would, it just might be time to find a different God.


Best wishes, though, for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity.

Mar 21, 2010 06:23 AM #3
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Most are "guilty as charged".  It all sounds great in theory, but seems so difficult in the real estate business.  Sunday is the day most everyone else is off too, so they are free to check out all the open houses.  Prospective buyers run rampant on Sunday.  I know I didn't have to tell you that bit of information.

Good luck with being "closed on Sunday", let me know how that works out for you Matthew.

Glad you at least made it to church this morning for some inspiration, even if it was for a blog post!  LOL.

This comment is not intended at all to be challenging to you Matthew, I agree with what you are saying, but find it almost impossible in your business.

Enjoy your Sunday off, and thank you.


Mar 21, 2010 06:30 AM #4
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Please keep in mind that under the Old Testament Law , Saturday was the Sabbath ! I do agree however that we can't go 24/7 !!!!!! We need to recharge !!!!!! GOD even wanted the animals to rest !

Mar 22, 2010 02:51 PM #5
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Hi Matthew,

It doesn't work, really, it doesn't. I have tried and tried. I force myself to go out away from the computer but I can't leave without my Blackberry so I am still working. Good Luck! :)

Mar 24, 2010 12:34 AM #6
Matthew P. Klein
The Real Estate Corner - Cleveland, OH

Gary - It absolutely takes commiment and I some advance planning.

Russ - (May I call your Russ?) Thanks for your response. Being "Guilty As Charged" is a tongue in cheek remark at myself. I'm really not upset at myself but see a need to adjust priorities. If you've heard the saying "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". It applies here and truthfully, I think from a practical standpoint I think seven days straight also hurts productivity.

Jay - Sometimes you're right but they are not working 24/6 the other days of the week either.

Roger - I think we are programmed that way, to think that. Being from our area, however, you may have noticed the "Sunday Open House" has been giving away to "Twilight Opens" amongst other names for open houses occurring during the week. It's a different twist on an old standby and one that I think should be welcomed with open arms.

Michael - Absolutely! And the day actually started at sunset rather than sunrise. God also wanted the land to rest and when the Israelites didn't, he forced them into captivity so the land would rest 70 years.

Toni - It does take some serious commitment. I'm with you, it's difficult. I pulled myself away this past Sunday after the post and I'll check in after this week to let you know how it goes.

Mar 24, 2010 02:20 AM #7
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Matthew I agree, we have been programmed, and I think the Twilight Opens should be  welcomed with open arms.  Now all we need to do is re-program the buyers to get out during the week to look.  I'm a believer that if they want to find a house bad enough, they'll make themselves available when you're available to show it.

Make it a great day, and take those Sunday's off to rest, hug your spouse, enjoy a walk in the park, a Sunday morning in church and dinner with your family.

Mar 24, 2010 03:56 AM #8
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Good for you!  Enjoy your day off.

May 07, 2010 09:07 AM #9

Taken sunday off is one of the best things you can do for you and your family... Ihave done this for years now....

Jul 29, 2010 03:35 PM #10
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