2And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:2-3 NRSV
On Saturday and Sunday of this past week, I had to work, but Saturday is supposed to be my day off! During the week I work for a University 3 days as a Senior Lecturer in the theology dept and 2 days as chaplain. I am also in my 3rd year as a curate in the cathedral. Due to the different aspects of my work life, there are times when there simply isn’t enough time in the week, to get everything done as was the case last weekend. However, I know full well that time off is important for my health & wellbeing as well as for my lectures to be well planned, sermons to be well written and other things to be done – including tidying my house!
This week, I have been in the dept by 8.40 for the first three days, however I was also out (with work) until 10.15 yesterday evening, with only my evening meal at home. Consequently I am really tired today and am still trying to get over flu and a cold, which won’t happen if I don’t get enough rest and recuperation!! Rest is something I need and at times crave, and something that God did and was a good role model in that. I know I have to get the work done, but sometimes it would be good, if there were more hours in a day, or less things to do in a week.
I do aim to have my day off every week, and think this is something that some of us need to be more accountable to others about. So I am going to find someone I can be accountable to in respect of my day off, how about you? The world isn’t going to cave in if you rest…