“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.“(Exodus 20:8-11 NLT)
From the beginning, God set up a rhythm for our lives. It is a pattern of 6 and 1. 6 days of work, followed by 1 day of rest and recovery. For many people (LIKE ME!) who are goal-oriented and driven, this is a VERY difficult. We want to keep making progress. But often there is a slightly hidden agenda that I can have in my own heart. It’s one that make this journey more about honoring ME, than honoring GOD. I want people to say, “Man, that guy is amazing! Look at how hard he works! He NEVER rests!” Or even the simple competitive nature in me that wants to keep ahead of others in their progress.
GOD set up the Sabbath for a very specific reason, to help the Israelites remember that HE was their source, and not the work of their hands. God told them that He would provide for them. It’s important to remember that the Sabbath was never meant to be a way to earn God’s favor or to appease Him. Jesus said that the Sabbath was made for man, not the other way around.
The main issue for us in this is WHERE WE FIND OUR WORTH! This INCLUDES FITNESS. If we find our worth in fitness, it will ultimately fail us. I’m asking myself this question: “If I got injured, to the point where I could no longer work out, would my value as a person be diminished?” Now, I’m not saying that this wouldn’t have an effect on me, but in the bigger picture, AM I FINDING MY WORTH IN GOD? The importance of rest can’t be underestimated for both our spiritual and physical well being. Our bodies NEED REST! Make sure that you don’t cheat your rest days by doing more than you should.
Faith in Action:
1. Consider taking a full day off from fitness once per week. This could include a stretch, but no more. Allow your body to recover.
2. Do the same for your work life. Many of us who are “over-achievers” in fitness, will do the same with work life. This one is a challenge for me. Going to try to go “dark” today, even with coaching. Trusting that God will provide.