I'm sure most of us are aware of the Ten Commandments.
Moses....Exodus....Israelites....the Big Ten.
about these commands, or rules and it's just like with my own children. The
rules are for my own good. My life will be easier, more peaceful, happier - if
I would follow them. Now, obviously, I do pretty well with most of them. I
haven't killed anyone recently, I'm faithful to my husband, I don't use the five
finger discount when I'm out and about.
There are a few that I do
struggle with more than others. And if your honest, there's at least one that
you'll admit is probably a struggle for you also.
Sabbath, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8.
Sunday is considered our
Sabbath. The Sabbath should be for our worship and our rest.
God knew that we need to recharge. We need rest. It's not good to be
constantly working, whether at our jobs or projects at home.
Yet, how many
times do we use the weekend, including Sunday to catch up on our week? It seems
like such a relaxing day. An obvious choice to get some work done after
Sometimes I think we view this commandment as a "lesser"
commandment. We think "I'm not going to kill, steal, or be unfaithful". But
mowing the grass on Sunday or going out to eat, or hitting the grocery
store...really, what's the harm?
The point is, it's still a commandment
Believe me, I am not on a soapbox here. I really struggle
with Sunday commitments. I love to go out to eat after church. I've been known
to hit WalMart after service to pick up a few things and maybe even lunch at
Subway. But when I check out, I think to myself...if I wasn't here supporting
this business right now, would the clerk or waitress have had a chance to go to
church today? Maybe they really needed to hear God's word and be around someone
who could show them God's love. What kind of witness am I leaving with them by
shopping here today?
In reality, it's not that much work to throw
something in the crock pot before church or even cook ahead and warm up
leftovers. Why not use the day to reconnect with family? Have a friend over.
Take it easy.
It is for your own good you know.