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“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working.” (Exodus 23:12, NLT).
A light bulb went off when I read this verse the other day. For so long, I’ve been ingrained in the 5-day workweek. Five days on, two days off. I worked it for years, and now that I’m home, I still abide by it. Sure, I do a little work on Saturday, but for the most part, I look at it as a leisure day--my day off. Perhaps you view it the same way.
What if we didn’t? What if we looked at our week as six days of work, with only one day off (Sunday), instead of two? How much more productive would we be? How much more would we enjoy and truly savor our day of rest?
So this Saturday, I set out to go about my day just like I do Monday through Friday. The routine was a little looser, but I still accomplished the usual daily work. It actually felt kind of good to have more structure on Saturday. I am really enjoying resting on Sunday.
The drawback of using Saturday as another workday is less leisure time with our families. My husband (also on a day off) told me he felt like he hadn’t spent much quality time with me the whole day. So balance is called for. Take lots of breaks to visit with your spouse. If you want to take the entire day off for family fun, go for it. But if you want to use the bulk of your Saturday to get some work done (and save the family fun for Sunday), you’ll enjoy the increased productivity—and you’ll really enjoy a day of rest!
Do you use your Saturdays for work or play, or a little of both?
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