Bible reference – Exodus 20:8-11:
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God. In it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. Wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.KJV
Universal Truth: Keep things in perspective. Stop and smell the roses.
On the surface, it sounds like just take a break. However, after a week of toil… what does it mean to rest? It could mean recover, recuperate. It could mean do absolutely nothing. However, it could mean take time to appreciate what you have done. It could mean expand your awareness to everything great in your life. Good things have the annoying trait of being easily forgotten. We tend to only pay attention when things have gone wrong. We can get fixated on work, responsibilities, and achievements. Those things can become burdens and overshadow the meaning of all the effort put forth. It takes discipline to periodically take an inventory of what really matters in your life. It’s useful to be reminded to rest, and to make a habit of resting. Then you will have a moment to reflect on what you’ve amassed.
Most people are fixated on the 7 days, or fixated on the Genesis parallel – God made the earth in 6 days, and rested on the 7th. I’ve also heard this as a mandate to go to church on Sundays. Again, I was puzzled as to why mandatory rest/going to church was more important than telling people not to murder others. However, in the context of keeping things in perspective, and making sure everyone around you keeps things in perspective – that sounds like an essential building block of community. This can be extrapolated to knowing one’s role. Suddenly, this also feels very essential to a society. If everyone is together in a moment of rest, they can become more aware and appreciative of one another’s individual efforts, as well as how it comes together to a greater purpose or importance.