Why We Need a Stop Day
An inspiring interview about why we all need to take a sabbath each week.
BY: Gayle Trotter
MS: My daughter did not graduate from high school. She got into college early and graduated with two degrees, and valedictorian at age 19 from college. Their experience is that you can do this. What happens is that you begin to stand for something. It builds character. Most of us do not know what is coming down the pike. We do not know what technologies will be here in six months less, much less six years. But my children know that one day a week, they are going to stop, period. They began to stand for things. They probably lost some friends as a result of that. But they gained some really great friends.
The birthday party is a little harder because the birthday is a celebration. I am not sure I put a birthday in the same category as soccer, or academics, or working a job for a high schooler. I think I would have some flexibility for a birthday party. Also, it depends on whether or not they serve some ice cream after the cake.
GT: You like ice cream!
MS: It is not a set of rules. I am not asking people to become rigid. One of the problems when Christ came along is that there were people who were praying, but they were not partying on the Sabbath. They had lots of piety, but they did not have the kind of inherent joy that was meant to be derived out of the day. I am afraid I would probably vote thumbs up on the birthday party.