God made Sundays so that not only He could rest but also those he created could rest as well. “In the beginning,” God created the heavens and the earth, mankind and all the animals; decided who should be in charge; then He rested.
This past Sunday, I had the most perfect “Day of Rest” that I believe I’ve ever had. It started with a really good night’s sleep from which I awoke at 8:30 a.m. My neighbor, Dixon Parks, laid my Sunday Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram on my porch for my convenience (as he has done for years), and my good wife brought me a fresh cup of coffee for my enjoyment. Bless their hearts.
My former pastor, the Rev. Rusty Hedges, said on occasion that whether you are in a congregate setting in church or in your backyard, give God the glory. I chose the backyard on this occasion – forgive me, God, for not gathering with the saints. This was an August morning the likes of which I had not seen in a long time – cool, very cool, for this time of year.
We later had a delightful breakfast, and then the Rangers came on and “whapped” the Toronto Blue Jays, to my delight. Afterward, I had a wonderful nap, yawn!
Dinner time – country pork spare ribs and veggies done in a slow cooker; mashed potatoes; and gravy washed down with a glass of red wine – was followed by a PBS show of Jackie Evancho, the wonderful little girl with the grown-up voice – great entertainment for a Sunday.
Most of you don’t really care how I spent my Sunday. The point I’m trying to make is that during this hot political season, the daily grind of a job and family, the stress of all that happens during a busy week, you need to step back, take a breath, close out the mind of everyday problems and rest.
Recharge the batteries, reflect on what’s important to you and your family and focus on trying to do the very best you can do – not only for yourself, but for your family and others. Meet Monday head-on and, as Dr. Laura would say, “Now go out, and do the right thing.”
You’ll feel better for having done it.
Joe A. Lambert