A Day Off

A Day Off

Today, many in the U. S. are enjoying a day off from work. A day to put aside worries and responsibilities. A day to kick back and relax. A day to do the things we want to do instead of the things we have to do. (In theory, anyway. We all know picnics and parties are a lot of work, but you get the point.)

As a child, I remember hoping for snow so we might have a day off from school. Not because I hated school, but because a day off meant a day to sleep in, play, and otherwise avoid the effort of learning or doing homework.

Nothing wrong with wishing for a break every now and then, is there?

But I wonder, do we sometimes wish we had a day off from our walk with God? A day when we can be selfish or lazy. A day to slip into old bad habits without guilt. A day to take a break from facing the difficult stuff with patience, gentleness and sacrificial love.

Depending on what we are currently facing, a day off may sound pretty tempting. Because sometimes God feels far away and the effort to keep holding on to faith through unpleasant circumstances seems like too much work.

But our walk with God isn’t the same as a job, is it? Those who have been around the block a few times know that pressing in to God is always better than pulling away and taking a break. Even when we don’t think we have the energy to face another day. Even when we don’t see God working in the midst of the stuff of life.

The next time you feel like taking a day off, try reading Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  (NIV)

How else do you cope when you feel like taking a day off from God?

  • Do you turn to scriptures that remind you of the many benefits of walking in faith?
  • Do you go to the Lord in prayer, asking him to help you cope?
  • Do you seek encouragement through godly friends and wise counsel?
  • Do you spend extra time in worship or meditation?
  • Do you go back through old journals and remind yourself of God’s faithfulness?

Life frequently isn’t easy but …

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10: 23-25 (NIV)

Oh, and the next time you take a day off from work … enjoy it without guilt.

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About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the school, church or library, she writes about life, both now and two-thousand years ago.

Comments

  1. I really like the verse you used in Hebrews. Thanks for your encouragement!

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  2. We all need encouragement, don’t we. Even the writer of Hebrews knew it.

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  3. Ouch! I’ve been struggling with self-indulgence lately, which sounds suspiciously like taking a day (or two or three) off from my walk with God. Thank you for the specific scriptures. When I recognize how I’ve drifted off course, I do go to the Word to get rebalanced, and then I move into prayer.

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  4. As usual, I am preaching mostly to myself, but I’m always glad when others understand too. Glad the scriptures helped you get back on course.

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