August 2018: Thought For The Month

August 01 2018

All work and no play

The summer holidays have arrived and hopefully the weather will remain good and the children will be able to relax, play with their friends and do things they enjoy doing. 

They, and their teachers, will return to school in September refreshed and ready to start a new academic year. I myself am putting the final pieces together for my solo motorcycle trip to the highlands of Scotland. I look forward to my breaks, not because I dislike my job, far from it, but we all need a holiday every now and then.

The occasional break enables us to maintain a healthy balance between work and rest. In fact, God has designed us that way. The Ten Commandments, which God gave us to establish a moral basis and healthy rhythm for our lives, include a commandment about a weekly day of rest. “Observe the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God. Don’t do any work. Therefore, God blessed the Sabbath day; He set it apart as a holy day.”

All of us, whether we are religious or not, need and benefit from regular times of rest. The proverb “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is true. When we don’t have times of rest and recreation we do become bored and boring people. Today the pressures of life and work make regularly taking a particular day off almost impossible and when we do, it seems like we have a hundred things to do and none of them are rest! 

For some people that might be a Sunday, for others, myself included, Sunday is a day of work, so we will need to find another day to rest up. However, if we are to remain healthy in body and mind, somehow, we do need to work at regularly finding some space to take a time out, you might even find yourself spending some of that time with God.