The easiest commandment to break

 Photo by Jessica Hedges, Harney Co., OR

Photo by Jessica Hedges, Harney Co., OR

Exodus 20: 1-17

We all recognize the ten commandments. Most of us know this is when God first revealed them to Moses and Moses shared them with the Israelites. As I read thru them though, something jumped out at me.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” has the most verses out of all ten commandments. Four to be exact. It is one of the easiest commandments for a “good person” to break. We weren’t called to be “good people” though, right?  As a workaholic and someone in the ag industry, this one is a toughie. We know about pulling the donkey out of the well, but does it end there? Do we merely feed or water and then call it a day? I have been guilty of doing additional tasks “because we’re here” or taking advantage of Sam’s time off to tackle my to-do list.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
— Exodus 20: 8-11

Reading this reminded me that I need to be more intentional. I need to be intentional about resting, about teaching my family to rest, and establishing boundaries for my business. I will be intentional about scheduling Sunday posts ahead of time, not scheduling meetings, and doing as few non-restful things as possible.

Have you made this leap? How has taking Sunday’s off worked for you and your family? Do you have any tricks to kicking off an awesome Monday after a day of rest?