Liberating Truths About the Ten Commandments

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work … 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 (NIV) 

In the Fourth Commandment, we are given the means for a balanced life and how to avoid the all-too-common problem of burn out.  Think about it for a moment.  God commands us to take a day off every week!  Workaholics make an idol of their work.  Taking a day off is trusting God to provide while you rest.  Learn to rest in Him by trusting Him to work on your behalf.  The Sabbath simply means a day of rest.  It may be the most violated of the Ten Commandments among Christ followers today.  With all sincerity, we strive to serve God, yet fail to trust God by taking a day off.  Relax!  But, how?  Build into your schedule what I call sacred margin.  Recognize that work and other issues are not so much problems to be solved but tensions to be managed.  Learn to balance your life with sacred margin that allows you to manage the tensions of life.  Margin simply provides space, time, energy and resources that prevent you from running on empty. Sacred margin provides huge benefits for physical, emotional and spiritual restoration that we’ll talk about in tomorrow’s blog.  How much margin do you set aside each week?

  1. This is great advice that I could have used awhile back. Now, as Chief Executive Director of a “non-profit”, I wear all hats from financial to janitorial concerns and everything in between. I do my job powered by God, the only explanation as to why I never become burnt out or tired and disgusted, or go batty. I am Mom and Grammy :-). The only job where I have never gotten mad and walked off singing, “Take this job and….”.

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