Rest and Renewal   1Running head: REST AND RENEWAL                 Rest and Renewal: Why He Gave Us the Sabbath           ...
Rest and Renewal       2                          Rest and Renewal: Why He gave us the Sabbath       After “getting away f...
Rest and Renewal        3machine. Doing things and achievement have become obsessions in our culture. In order to reachthe...
Rest and Renewal      4can help minimize these workload mismatches. The company’s management has to be sincereand become i...
Rest and Renewal        5metabolism to retain energy and attentiveness. A good laugh even spurs multiple biochemicaleffect...
Rest and Renewal          6Sunday Benefits       In Exodus 20:8-11 (New American Standard Bible), God says to "Remember th...
Rest and Renewal         7of time for simple, quick refreshment. Wirzba (2005) claimed that his grandfather found “littlep...
Rest and Renewal        8of us? In essence, rest can help take care of the human body, which makes for better leaders orfo...
Rest and Renewal        9                                           ReferencesBlanchard, K. (1994, March). In America, res...
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After “getting away from it all,” have you ever looked at a problem differently and thought of a wonderful solution? Taking a break has to be one of the easiest things that God intends for us to do. So, why don’t we do it? Why do people need it? After the article answers this, some advice follows in how to begin relaxing and develop it as a habit. Rest provides many benefits that leaders need to lead an organization and, with a break, we can feel regeneration in our work. Leaders, as human beings, can refurbish themselves and perform better for the organization after high-quality rest. While resting, leaders can dream, think, sleep, or just spend time with loved ones--including God. So, put your feet up as this article demonstrates why God initiated the Sabbath for our rest and renewal.

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Rest And Renewal Why He Gave Us The Sabbath

  1. 1. Rest and Renewal 1Running head: REST AND RENEWAL Rest and Renewal: Why He Gave Us the Sabbath Melody Jill Avery Cazort, Ph.D. Regent University
  2. 2. Rest and Renewal 2 Rest and Renewal: Why He gave us the Sabbath After “getting away from it all,” have you ever looked at a problem differently andthought of a wonderful solution? Taking a break has to be one of the easiest things that Godintends for us to do. So, why don’t we do it? Why do people need it? After the article answersthis, some advice follows in how to begin relaxing and develop it as a habit. Rest provides manybenefits that leaders need to lead an organization and, with a break, we can feel regeneration inour work. Leaders, as human beings, can refurbish themselves and perform better for theorganization after high-quality rest. While resting, leaders can dream, think, sleep, or just spendtime with loved ones--including God. So, put your feet up as this article demonstrates why Godinitiated the Sabbath for our rest and renewal. Why it is Hard to Take it Easy It seems that society has wrapped firmly around what they are doing. This wrap is sotight that it does not allow free time and even constricts sleeping hours. Instead of lookingforward to vacationing, people avoid planning for it. This section looks at trends that blockpeople from resting.Barriers Wirzba proclaimed that people in today’s world are excessively busy and obsessed withfrantic schedules and a fast pace (2005). The consequences from this busyness include anxietyand fretfulness. These habitual behaviors and feelings rob people of celebrating life, friends,neighbors, along with the simple pleasures that we can derive from life. Blanchard (1994) also claimed that most typical Americans cheat themselves out of otherbenefits. The populace cannot relax and have created a mania for doing things. The nationfruitlessly tries to finish more tasks in less time, feeling like they should function similar to a
  3. 3. Rest and Renewal 3machine. Doing things and achievement have become obsessions in our culture. In order to reachtheir goals, it is common for people to give up connecting with others and enjoying life. Theiroutcomes may be success of monetary sorts, but the price is a disengaged marriage or family lifewith hardly any friends. Another price that people pay is rationalizing that we do not have time to take a day offduring the week. This frequently cheats people out of rest. It seems that making impossibleschedules without relaxing overwhelms people instead of actually accomplishing their goals.What is wrong with us? Whatever happened to sitting on the front porch on Sunday afternoonwith our family and a happy puppy for hours? If you don’t do this on Sundays, this is anotheropportunity cost—not for business--for visiting with the neighbors! Why Do People Need Rest? This section demonstrates how rest can help leadership, which can eventually aid thewhole organization. Taking time out prevents problems from budding out into larger dilemmas.Our bodies need respite for their health and healing restoration to avoid sickness. Breathingspace can bring transformation, regeneration, or rejuvenation for people, as well as several otherbenefits.Followers, Leaders, and their Organizations Rest and time away from employment can help avert ailments. Burning the midnight oiland rest deficiency can contribute to burnout, a common epidemic of this era (Maslach & Leiter,1997). When burnout happens, it costs the organization in absenteeism, health benefits, workerscompensation, work quality, and other ways. A job situation without relief can cause employeesto feel overloaded or tired. Some employees sense a loss of control. Staff members often feel thattheir rewards are inadequate and that they suffer inequality in the workplace. However, leaders
  4. 4. Rest and Renewal 4can help minimize these workload mismatches. The company’s management has to be sincereand become involved, as these are organizational issues. Although leaders can minimize burnoutwith support and a positive climate, preventing burnout altogether serves much better. To guardagainst this kind of exhaustion, leaders should invest in their staff by engaging them in theirwork, hiring more staff to share the load, and setting conflict resolution procedures for thesefollowers. The goal here is a productive staff on a long-term basis, which in turn aids theorganization as a whole. To also aid company operations, Cooper (2001) claimed that taking brief breaks andpauses during the day facilitates the staff to excel in today’s stressful business. Employeesmissing normal morning or afternoon breaks diminishes their energy levels. On the contrary, acalm pause or replenishing energy during an interval promotes a clear mind and maintains vigor.Methods such as one-minute pauses with relaxed breathing, , a laugh, a change of view, a snack,changing one’s posture, or even moments of idleness aid in rejuvenation and recovery. Theseleisure activities encourage vivaciousness, creativity, simple pleasures, and a higher, calmerenergy. Consequently, these refreshers can actually accelerate the pace of work and lessenfatigue. In this, the organization benefits. Most of these ideas encouraging rest for refreshing seem to link to the human body.Physical needs do relate to the rest that we need, as the next paragraph explains.Health Reasons Pickett (1999) explained that without time away from work, stress could be physicallyharmful in the long term. Using exercise during a break actually heightens alertness and power,according to Cooper (2001). Physical movement, even in brief or occasional moments, providesenergy as well as a clearer mind. A refreshment of a drink of water also signals the body’s
  5. 5. Rest and Renewal 5metabolism to retain energy and attentiveness. A good laugh even spurs multiple biochemicaleffects such as more creativity and energy, and lightens tension. Without time away, stress canbe overwhelming and these brief moments can rejuvenate and renew employees for an improvedorganization. After working from a frenzied calendar, slowing down is crucial in reducing stress(Miller and Doucet, 2002). Overextending and trying to be the fabulous leader can only lead toaggravation. To protect from frustration, professionals should take intermissions and times ofcessation. One way is turning off all electronic communications and allowing a few minutes formeditation. This idleness can act as a turning point, as the next paragraph explains.A Good Break Can Cause Transformation McKinnon (2003) recommended taking an annual day off, calling it a “sick day” (p. 52).Although it is not a medical illness requiring a doctor, it is taking the time to rest, slow down andnurture the inner self, which can turn a person into a more contented and industrious individual.This is not a day to work on something around the house; those other days off are for that. If thisday overflows into others, the magic of it disappears. So reserving it for that exclusive day aidsan individual in becoming more productive upon their return to the job. These days off are not intended to spin into a “Thelma and Louise” movie. However, itsounds as if these annual breaks could bring serve as mental health days and bring some fun backinto our lives. Even elementary schools provide recesses! Moreover, wouldn’t a day off bemotivating as something to look forward to? Speaking of looking forward to a special day, thenext focus is on the Sabbath.
  6. 6. Rest and Renewal 6Sunday Benefits In Exodus 20:8-11 (New American Standard Bible), God says to "Remember the Sabbathday, to keep it holy.” The last verses instruct us to toil on the other six days but for that seventhday, we shall not labor or request anyone else around us to work. In recognizing this, a weeklylull can truly influence our lives in a positive way. Wirzba described how his grandfather restedon the Sabbath and how it helped with framing the grandfather’s attitude and focus (2005).Sundays brought inspiration and permitted the grandparent to welcome life with care andpleasure. Although it was not financially wise for a business to lose a day’s work, this day wasfor church, gathering as a family or community, to refresh with friendship and hospitality. Inother words, it was well worth the monetary sacrifices. Later in life, Wirzba realized theprofound meaning of it all, that measuring success in life is not in our strife. Victory andhappiness can happen together with resting on Sunday. This time allows one to reflect upon thepurposes of living and rejoicing the normal, societal, and spiritual ideals that make life morepromising. Wirzba (2005) describes the lifetime memories that he gained from his grandfather takingSunday out from work to be with family. Therefore, what can get you in gear toward thesebenefits Perhaps the realization that the family is growing up fast and you are missing greatmoments that you can never replace. Many benefits can derive from Sundays, besides thebuffets, so you just have to make a reservation on Sundays and get out there to find yours.Free Advice to Start Reaping Benefits People rationalize not to rest for many reasons. However, most of the ideas presentedhere about resting are easy and take minimal time. These concepts weaken most excuses forstopping to rejuvenate. One small step toward receiving these benefits is to begin using small bits
  7. 7. Rest and Renewal 7of time for simple, quick refreshment. Wirzba (2005) claimed that his grandfather found “littlepockets of time” to receive the blessings of life and somebodys company. As the grandfatherdid, a few moments feeding treats to the animals or a short walk suffices for refreshment.Another suggestion is spending time with a grandchild that is unplanned, just to let them knowthey are not a burden but an additional pleasure in your life, a gift that Wirzba’s grandfather gavehim for life. Otherwise, if your problem still seems to be the common feeling that there are not enoughhours in your day, then acquire another hour. That extra time has other benefits too. Getting upearlier and acquiring more time in the morning allows for a more tranquil departure to work(Blanchard, 1994). This manner of starting out the day tends to make the rest of the day follow inthe same vein; a peaceful morning sways toward a calm day. Another suggestion for reachingtotal relaxation is to reserve some reflection time on your planner. In leaving a blank space onthe calendar schedule, it allows time to reconnect. Blanchard recommended planning for dailyreflective time, for meditation through activities such as “reading, walking, running, meditating,or praying” (p. 34). All of these tips can bring rest benefits and restoration, making a differencein living life to the fullest. Conclusion In learning about this overlooked activity, resting, the benefits of renewal are extremelysignificant. Rest can minimize negative factors that can hurt us and maximize the positiveaspects that can help us. One major benefit is preventing problems, such as burnout. Otheradvantages of renewal include health reasons, self-energizing, new perspectives, and even thepotential to transform lives. If we do not take care of our body, how can we expect it to take care
  8. 8. Rest and Renewal 8of us? In essence, rest can help take care of the human body, which makes for better leaders orfollowers, toward a better organization. If we will acknowledge the benefits that we can obtain from rest, perhaps then we willunderstand how great the need truly is for letting up on our hectic schedules. After all, God didnot make us to be the machines that we have turned out to be today. He made us human beingsthat, with rest and renewal, we can start each new morning with a fresh outlook on our problemsand challenge that day.
  9. 9. Rest and Renewal 9 ReferencesBlanchard, K. (1994, March). In America, rest doesnt come easy. Emergency Librarian, 21(4), 34. Retrieved January 22, 2009, from Academic Search Complete database.Cooper, R. K. (2001). Excelling under pressure: Increasing your energy for leadership and innovation in a world of stress, change and unprecedented opportunities. Strategy & Leadership, 29(4), 15-20. Retrieved January 28, 2009, from ABI/INFORM Global database.Maslach, C. and Leiter, M. P. (1997). The truth about burnout: How organization cause personal stress and what to do about it. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.McKinnon, A. (2003, May 12). The Magic of a Sick Day. Macleans, 116 (19), 52. Retrieved January 22, 2009, from Academic Search Complete database.Miller, S. W. and Thomas A Doucet, T. A. (2002). Get the right balance. Journal of Accountancy, 194(1), 49-52. Retrieved January 28, 2009, from ABI/INFORM Global database.Pickett, K.H. (1999). The managers guide to internal control: Diary of a control freak. Management Decision, 37(2), 93-215. Retrieved January 28, 2009, from ABI/INFORM Global database.Wirzba, N. (2005, July 12). Time out: a Sabbath sensibility. Christian Century. 122(14), 24-28.

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