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Can Keeping Sabbath Improve Your Creativity?

Can Keeping Sabbath Improve Your Creativity?
In the last few years, researchers have found a link between time spent in nature and increased cognitive ability. Several studies indicate that taking time away from technology and spending it in a natural environment leads to higher levels of creativity. For instance, some researchers found that people who spent three days in nature scored 50 percent higher on creative thinking tests than people who did not.

This research seems to build on previous studies, including the famous “blue zones” study, which found a correlation between longevity and people who take time out of their daily lives for Sabbath worship. What about God’s plan for us to step away from our daily lives once a week to increase our creativity? Does the Bible support the idea of spending time in nature for restoration?

Taking time in nature is part of God’s plan for us—and Sabbath is a great time to benefit! Psalm 92, entitled “A Song for the Sabbath day,” says, “You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands. O Lord, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep” (Psalm 92:4, 5). When we move our attention away from technology and our own business interests and focus it instead on the amazing creative work of God and His plan for our lives, we will inspired, renewed, and refreshed. Try it!

More than just renewal, the Bible promises a blessing to those who keep God’s commandments. “You will again obey the voice of the Lord and do all His commandments. … The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body” (Deuteronomy 30:8, 9).

Sabbath is a time not only for mental restoration; it is also a time for spiritual restoration. “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Have you been renewed by spending time with God on the Sabbath? Click here for a great resource to share with your friends.