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Olympic Sabbath

Olympic Sabbath
The Winter Olympics in South Korea have captured the world's attention, as skilled athletes push themselves to their performance limits in the name of glory, to be remembered forever in the annals of sports history.

In the midst of all this excitement, however, social strategy editor Tayla Minsberg shares her experience about the importance of Sabbath rest, even during the Olympics. Although her job revolves around social media, she makes it a priority to unplug from her electronics on Saturday, even when people expect updates about Olympiad events. She says, "It feels like a weekly cleanse, and sometimes it's truly a challenge, which makes me realize just how much I really need to push myself to do it."

All of us need the Sabbathit was designed so that every man and woman would have time to rest, reflect, worship, and be renewed. In Genesis, at the conclusion of the Creation week, God gave humanity this gracious gift through His own example, "On the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done" (Genesis 2:2).

Despite the changes brought on by sin, the Sabbath has remained God's signature gift to humanity, a weekly promise of the eternal rest He longs to give to each of His children. (See Exodus 20:10.) Like the journalist at the Olympics, all of us need time to remember who we are and who God created us to be. Our Sabbath-keeping identifies us as His children. "Moreover I also gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between them and Me, that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them" (Ezekiel 20:12).

In our busy world, filled with so many distractions, the Sabbath provides the essential time and space we need to rest, especially in the knowledge of God's saving grace.

Click here for a great resource you can share with friends about the gift of the Sabbath.
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