“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” ~ Jesus, in [Mark 2:27 ESV]
What do you think when you read that passage? Is it an excuse to not limit what you do on the “Sabbath?” Or, is the passage telling us God set aside a day of rest because He knew we need it? I am leaning more and more to the second of those. I see the effect of never ending busyness; I see the burn out, the breakdowns, and the anger between couples resulting from doing too much and resting too little. I am seeing the wisdom in the Sabbath as the Jews of old practised it, with very limited work, limited travel, and a lot of time for family. Yes, worship was an important part, but so was relaxing, spending time with family and friends, and if you were married, having sex. (“Sex is a blessing and sex on the Sabbath is a double blessing.”)
Do you have a day of rest? I do not think it matters what day it is (pastors certainly do not get a day of rest on Sundays!), as long as you have one. A day when you don’t exert yourself a great deal physically, don’t do your job, and don’t do too much driving. A day to relax, read, watch a movie with your bride, play games with your family, share a meal with friends, and yes, have sex. I think a day like this would be good for our bodies, our minds, and our marriages.
If the idea appeals to you, check my “Margin” series, or get the book that inspired the series – Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives.
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Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
Black and Married with Kids
What’s in Your Relationship Toolbox? ◄ Some basic tools to get you started.
4 Proven Acts That Will Show Your Wife You Love Her ◄ Good stuff!
The Generous Wife
Hot, Holy and Humorous
Is Sex Work? ◄ And if it is, is that okay?
Journey to Surrender
Man Up and Take the Intimacy Challenge ◄ I dare you.
One Flesh Marriage
Sexual Variety and Libido ◄ A good read.
An Overflow of the Heart ◄ Words …
The Respected Husband
The Romantic Vineyard
Sexual Variety in Marriage, Switching to a Better Partner and Divorce – Stupendous Marriage Show 61 ◄ A good show, and a scary caricature of Stu.
…to Love Honor and Vacuum
Can Men Nag, Too?…And Other Questions About Nagging ◄ Some do, do you?