Every week, when Sunday comes around again, does it seem like there’s always things left on your ‘to do list’ that didn’t get done on Saturday? Do you spend Sunday afternoons catching up on laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, household chores, mowing the grass or raking leaves? Do you feel a little guilty for wanting to just goof off for a whole day and do nothing? Free time feels like a luxury you just can’t afford in modern life, especially if you have a family to take care of. Monday morning rolls around much too quickly and you need to be ready for it with clean clothes hanging in your closet and a refrigerator full of things to fix for breakfast, the kids lunches, or to make dinner with after work.
God understands. It’s tough working all week and trying to take care of school, home and family obligations. Your classes or job may seem pretty stressful lately. He knows you are tired and it is beginning to feel like a treadmill of activity that never seems to end. Moments to enjoy life and experience a little happiness seem few and far between sometimes.
That’s why He says ‘don’t do it’. God never meant for your life to be like this. You were made for far greater things than slavery to the modern lifestyle. Why do you disobey God? He said ‘to have no other Gods before me’ and that’s what you do when you break the third commandment and put your chores, studying, or the kids activities before Him on Sunday afternoons. It is even worse if you have been missing mass and putting any other activity before Him.
Maybe it’s time to get your priorities straight again. Put God first in your life, instead of making Him an after thought after everything else gets done.
The leaves will be changing in the next few weeks. Will you take some time to notice the rich, beautiful colors of fall? Or will they be a passing sight you see during your drive home from work? Yes, even then you will have a glimpse of their beauty, but why not slow down for once and take a Sunday afternoon drive? Don’t feel guilty about it. God says it is ok. Take off with your boyfriend or your husband, or pile the whole family in the car and head for an open country road this fall. Now is the time to clear your schedule and plan your trip.
God doesn’t want to hear your excuses. Eat whatever is already in the fridge. Wear whatever is clean in your closet, even if it isn’t your favorite outfits and live with a little more messy house for once. It’s worth it to spend time with the ones you love and slow down enough to feel God’s presence in your life again.
The best fall colors in northern Indiana will be the first two weeks of October and in southern Indiana it is usually the last week of October. If you’re wondering where to go then here are the top three spots in Indiana to see the most gorgeous fall colors:
1. The Park County Covered Bridge Festival, Rockville, Indiana.
2. Brown County State Park, Bloomington, Indiana.
3. Corydon Indiana.
Now is the time to make plans to escape with your family and friends this fall and renew your relationship with them, but also your relationship with our Creator. Go ahead and give yourself permission to go. It will help keep the Sabbath holy, become a day of rest again and will renew your spirits too.