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Detoxing on Sabbath

Posted on November 07, 2017
Detoxing on Sabbath
In the past, busyness has been seen as a sign of success. And if you're away from the office, nothing keeps you connected like an always-on smartphone—allowing you to check emails and text your employees at all hours of the day.

However, in recent years, people have begun to realize that instant access to the world via their smartphones can be addicting and stressful. That's why even high-level executives today are hiring consultants to bring peace, quiet, and solitude back into their busy schedules.

Toward this end, behavioral economist Dan Ariely is advocating the seventh-day Sabbath as a solution to the constant stress that most people face in a “plugged in” world.

During the last few years, thousands have bought into his idea and tried the “Shabbos Project.” They sign a pledge and take one Sabbath to spend the whole day with real people, no electronics allowed. As a result, many have taken the next step: incorporating Sabbath rest into their weekly routine. They find that when they take time to reflect, they are more successful on the other days of the week. As Ariely says, “You work less, do less, in order to achieve more.”

In Scripture, the Sabbath is about more than just taking time to relax; it is about eternal life and a relationship with the Creator God. When God set aside the Sabbath for mankind, He knew what we would need—not just a digital detox, but a spiritual detox as well. Sabbathkeeping brings a special blessing: “Blessed is the man who … keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and keeps his hand from doing any evil. Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer” (Isaiah 56:2, 7).

God’s eternal plan is designed to improve our lives here and now. He says, “Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day … nor do any work, but hallow the Sabbath day” (Jeremiah 17:21, 22). Sabbath is not meant to be a burden, but rather to release us from our day-to-day problems and bring physical and spiritual blessings and refreshment.

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