"So, what will you do after church on Sunday?"
"Eat lunch, watch a little football, and then hit those leaves--couldn't get them all raked yesterday."
"What happened to rest?"
"Who has time for that?"
"By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And 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 (NIV)
Into the very fabric of the universe God wove a day of rest. The sabbath is a primeval archetype. This day of rest is like a natural law instituted by God at the dawn of time. Break this law and you will break yourself. Keep it and you will achieve more.
Two men engaged in a tree chopping competition. The winner stood to win $1,000. One man chopped down trees with abandon. All day long he flailed away at the woodwork. His competitor worked assiduously but on occasion he would stop. At the day's conclusion the judge counted the trees felled by each man. Who won? The man who took breaks.
His dumbfounded competitor inquired, "I chopped all day long, but you won even though at times you stopped..."
The winner responded, "Every time I took a break...I sharpened my axe."
Who has time to rest? Those who are wise enough to imitate the Creator...Who, as always, knew what He was doing.
So, how sharp is your axe?
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