If there is any VIRTUE and if there is anything PRAISEWORTHY–meditate on these things.

With technology at our fingertips, it’s easy to get caught racing through life at a frenzied pace with nowhere to go much like a mouse running on a tread wheel.

This isn’t how God designed it to be.

The Bible teaches us in the book of Genesis that even God rested after a busy week creating the world. If we look at creation, we see God’s fingerprints and learn the importance of rest. All over the world, animals of every kind sleep during portions of the day or night. Many animals even hibernate through the long, cold winter. Plants rest, too. Many flowers close at night. Deciduous trees lose their leaves and lie dormant during the winter. Even as busy as we may get, we still need to go to sleep for hours each day to stay healthy.

God designed rest to benefit us. He knows the value of rest. When we are well-rested, we feel refreshed, have a bounce in our step, and feel generally happier than when we’re not.

One of the healthy habits that will benefit us is if we learn to take a Sabbath rest one day each week, just as God did. It’s not a legalistic thing to do, but it’s a time of refreshment, rejuvenation, and renewal. For one day a week, it’s important to jump off that spinning tread wheel and rest.

In Old Testament times, the Sabbath was on the Saturday. After Jesus rose from the dead early Sunday morning, many of his followers started observing the Sabbath on Sunday. If you have to work both days of the weekend, that’s okay. Just choose one day a week when you’re off from work and truly make it your Sabbath.

Let’s turn off the TV, not read the news, not answer e-mails, and not do any task that’s work related. God will take care of the world while we step aside one day each week to rest. Really!

Instead, let’s go to church. (If you can’t go to a local church on a regular basis, then do the next best thing: spend a portion of your Sabbath watching a church service on the Internet. Or listen to an online message such as from my church, Calvary Chapel Chino Hills.) Let’s spend time in prayer and reading our Bible. Let’s spend time worshiping Jesus for truly, He is worthy of our praise. Let’s relax with our family. Let’s take a Sabbath rest.

Healthy Habit #7: Each week, take a Sabbath rest.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever thing are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.

-Philippians 4:8, NKJV

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