Daily Dose, March 21 — R&R

            And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:2-3) Are there people in your life who you’d classify as a workaholic? (Or maybe you’re that person??) I’ve definitely seen people who are like this, and it makes me sad sometimes to be around them. I’ve had family members that weren’t really ever present during holidays or vacations because it seemed they were always working. Technological advances has only contributed to that for many of us, as we can now be accessed 24 hours a day through phones, messages, emails. But it’s a good thing to step away from our work. You could even say it’s a divine thing to step away from our work. In the story of creation in Genesis, God gives us an interesting example. God chose to step away from his work. I have a sneaking suspicion it wasn’t because God was tired! The Bible has many reminders for us to follow God’s leading - to honor the sabbath and keep it holy. Don’t be afraid to do something countercultural. Set work aside. Lay it down, and let your thoughts move to other things. Holy things. God-sized things. Free some of your attention to focus on God’s provision and his handiwork in your life. Spend time appreciating what you have rather than focusing on acquiring more. Rest is good. Rest is from God.  Let’s treat it as a gift. --Rev. Brad Greene