“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2: 2-3).
Prepping is hard work. We spend a large portion of our time researching, making, practicing, and planning; it can quickly become an all-consuming task. And in many ways, it should. When we become committed to the idea of prepping for our future, it becomes one of the most important things we do, and in many ways, it should. Your future, as well as the future of your family, is significant and it demands your attention.
But, it is possible to plan too much and to work too hard. Doing so can make us stressed out and cause us to lose sight of why we are doing what we are doing. When we allow our preparations to become the central focus of our lives, we risk losing sight of things that are important to us. We also become more susceptible to the harsh words our critics may offer us when we become too focused on our preparations. The bottom line is that we become tired – emotionally, physically, and possibly even spiritually.
Rest provides restorations, which is imperative for us. There is never a task so important we cannot take a break from it. Even God, when He was completing the most important undertaking ever that had the largest impact possible on man, rested. If it is good enough for God, it should be good enough for us. In fact, God recognizes the importance so much, He included the power of a Sabbath in the Ten Commandments, reminding us to “remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8).
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Today In Christian History
1665 – A statute was enacted in Rhode Island, offering freemanship with no specifically Christian requirements, thus effectively enfranchising Jews.
1839 – Birth of William P. Mackey, a Scottish physician who later in life became a Presbyterian pastor. Mackey wrote several hymns during his life, including “Revive Us Again.”
1917 – Near Fatima, Portugal, three shepherd children reported that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had appeared to them. Since 1930, this appearance has come to be known as Our Lady of Fatima.
1925 – In Tallahassee, Florida, the State legislature passed a bill requiring daily Bible readings in all public schools.
1981 – In St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, 23, shot and seriously wounded Pope John Paul II in an assassination attempt. Following a long convalescence, however, John Paul resumed his world travels.
Source for Today in Christian History: www.studylight.org