September 26, 2016 @ 6:48 AM

Today's pace of work is such that many today feel guilt when they slow down, or heaven forbid, actually take time to rest or do something fun.  Studies show that more American's than ever before feel that they are overworked.  We are not only working more hours per week but the shift in societal norms from two parent households with the man in the workplace and the woman managing the home chores and work to either a two parent household with both parents working or worse yet a single parent household, has added  responsibilities to the shoulders of everyone.  The old system allowed the spouse who worked outside the home to come home and relax while the spouse managing the household was able to take an occasional relaxation break during the day or after the spouse working outside the home, got home and could help with the children.  Also, to make ends meet, more folks are adding extra part time jobs to their already full schedules.  The resulting stress of all this extra work is showing in our health both mental and physical according to recent studies.

Without taking time off to rest, spend time with your family, connect with friends, and most importantly spend time with your Creator and learn from Him, we continue on this downward spiral of more stress and deterioration.  If you are one of the many who today feel guilty if they take an hour or two for activities that rejuvenate themselves, "stop it right now!"  Your boss, your friends, and most importantly those who live with you will all benefit if your body and mind are rested and sharp.  

Our Creator showed us a pattern of work and rest in the book of Genesis.  After six days of work He rested for one and pronounced it "good".  If God Himself worked and thenchose to take a full day of rest as an example for us, shouldn't we too take time away from our work and rest.  Always remember that rest is a special gift from God to each one of us, so take the time to receive it today.  

"Come to me, all you who re weary and burdened , and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."  Mattew 11: 28 & 29 NIV