With so many things on our to-do list it seems irresponsible to take a day off. We fear falling behind and cannot bring ourselves to stop even when we’re past empty. However, hard work does not exclude taking a day off.
The value of hard work is not questioned. We know we must keep showing up and offering our strength even when we do not feel like it.
We cannot bring more life and goodness into the world without our consistent effort.
At the same time, it is a mistake to assume life depends ultimately upon our efforts.
While we would not admit this, when we struggle to take a day off, this subtle heart attitude is revealed.
Taking a day off is an act of faith.
It communicates we trust God to care for us and provide for our needs.
On the other hand, when we work compulsively, we are communicating life is up to us, and our own efforts. If I stop working, things won’t get done and our wellbeing will be jeopardized.
Not only is a day off an act of faith, it is also a means to care for our own souls.
While our work can be very fulfilling, usually the focus is on pouring out our strength for the sake of others.
We also need regular times in which the focus is on our renewal – revitalizing our souls with life and beauty.
Perhaps our day off is a good time to simply rest or to intentionally pursue a ritual of joy.
Whichever the case, demonstrate your faith by taking the day off and allowing this time to restore your weary soul.