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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Rest

On a much needed vacation into the great southwest.  Throughout the Bible there is a theme of hard work followed by rest.  Started in creation with The Lord creating for six days and resting on the seventh and placed as a mandatory work week for the Israelites.  You then factor in all the time off they took for festivals, holidays and the like and you get a number of rest days throughout the year.

Police Officers tend to come in two flavors when it comes to the idea of work and rest.  The first is always at work.  The 80 hr a week guy.  The someday the spouse is going to make the calculation that he/she can have all your money and none of your time or half of your money and all of someone else's time.

The second is the vacation bank at zero guy.  The 35 hr a week guy.  The counting days till he/she can burn a sick/return/vacation/holiday guy.  The why did you ever pick this job because you hate it so much guy.  The selling real estate off his/her cell phone in the squad guy.

I have been both of those guys throughout my career and I have to say both have significant downsides.  The blend of rest and work is always the best way to go.  Strange how that Bible thing keeps saying to do what is best for all of us.


Genesis 2:2

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

2 comments:

Juli Adcock said...

So glad you have come to the Southwest for your rest. There are some stunningly beautiful areas well designed by our Creator to restore our souls through reflection and quiet time.
It is a wise person indeed that can find the balance between the 35 hour and 80 hour examples. I still struggle with it, getting ahead of what God has in mind. I get so excited about serving, just like a kid who wants so bad to help that they mess up. :)
Thank you for a great reminder to keep working for the balance! May this be a particularly blessed rest for you and your family!

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