This Could Save Your Life
Could you save your life? The Japanese have a word for death by work - it's called "Karoshi." This is a "thing" in Japan. People die from working too much. Time for us to look in the mirror. Americans work more hours per week than the Japanese or any other country in the post-industrial world. Ouch.
Denverites don't look like they work as much as people in say Manhattan, San Francisco, maybe Chicago. Our culture is laid back. We are known for being outside a lot, being fit, eating paleo even. But ask the average person in your office how they are doing and you will hear the same answer over and over again, "busy." You could translate this answer in a number of ways. "I have a life." "I am important." "My life matters." "I'm busy." "Check out my FB page."
Full time employees in Denver work the same national average of 47 hours per week. We add on top of those hours a whole lot of time staying fit and trying to take in all of the amazing opportunities our city provides us; skiing, professional sports teams, some of the best breweries in the world, outdoor opportunities galore, cultural events that rival any city in our country. This is all so great but it comes with a cost. Many of us are exhausted, emotionally unhealthy, and spiritually empty.
Genesis 2:1-2 says, "On the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all of the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his worked that he had done in creation."
"But I am type A." "But if I don't work enough I will lose my job." "It's only a season I am in." "I'm single, YOLO, I will get balanced when I am married and have kids." "Isn't that an Old Testament command?" "We are not under the law." "I take a day off, even two sometimes."
Our excuses go on and on for not taking a sabbath.
A sabbath is not a day off. A day off is a day you don't work for the man. A day off is when you catch up on errands, work out longer than usual and go mountain biking or catch a movie.
A Sabbath is a day of rest and worship. That's it. It's a day when you stop creating and you enjoy what you have made. It is a day where you recharge your soul. You take a nap. You read your Bible. You worship with your church. You really connect with people you love. You do things that have no purpose other than to bring your soul joy and leave you worshiping God in gratitude for how amazing he is.
Jesus said, "What does it profit a person to gain the whole world and lose their soul" (Luke 9:25). Keeping the Sabbath holy, set apart, can save your soul. Soul Karoshi.