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I have a plaque in my office that reads, “Learn to relax.” It reminds me daily of the need to take a deep breath and relax. Relaxing is crucial to our well-being. We can become stressed, overworked, burdened, and depressed if we do not take the time to simply catch our breath. Our lives are so busy. Even though the Sabbath was made as a day of rest, everything takes place on the Sabbath. Some must work on the Sabbath. If so, designate another day to be still. Life’s hustle and bustle can wear you down, not to mention the trials we experience from time to time. Relaxing and resting is found in Genesis 2:2.

 “On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.”

We see the Lord’s Day as the Sabbath. God is never weary or worn out, because He rests. After all He had created in six days; He took the time to pause on the seventh day and look upon what He accomplished. When we have done the Lord’s work and finished what He has given us to do, we too need to take the time and rest. Rest is not a stopping point; it is just a time to regroup for there is much work still to be done. We cannot accomplish all that God has given us to do without taking the time to rest along the way. The race is not given to the swift but to those who endure to the end. There is much to be done and we cannot do it all at the same time. We need to be renewed and strengthened. Whatever your day of Sabbath is, rest in the arms of the Lord.