If there’s anything people need in our culture it’s a little down time, a time to rest.
God knew all about that. He designed it right from the beginning – the Sabbath, a built-in day of rest.
Unfortunately, our lawmakers have cleared the books of the Blue Laws which restricted business on Sunday. And so even though many don’t work, many others do! They run the stores and the theaters and the stadiums that the rest of us go to on Sundays.
And for many of us, Sunday is as busy–if not busier–than the rest of the week. Sports, shopping, chores, you name it.
But one guy did it differently. In 1949 Truett Cathy started a chain of quick-serve chicken restaurants that has grown to the second largest in America with over 1,300 stores nationwide. Chick-fil-A serves great chicken! And they’re closed on Sundays.
Right from the beginning Cathy, a businessman who takes his Christian faith seriously, wanted his family, his employees and his customers to have a day of rest. So even though his business might have grown bigger faster if his stores were open seven days a week, Cathy took the slower–you could say the “more restful”–route to success.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
The particular teaching of a Rabbi (teacher) in Jesus’ time, the requirements and restrictions that the Rabbi put on his students (his disciples), was called that Rabbi’s “yoke.”
Jesus said “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” The simple rule was “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
No long list of do’s and don’ts. Jesus as our Rabbi wants us as his disciples to learn from him: be “gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Go ahead, take Sunday off. Rest. 🙂