Take Sabbath Seriously
God commanded the ancient Israelites to “Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). This commandment applied to everyone in the household and to the livestock. Leviticus adds a Sabbath year in which even the land would be allowed to rest. But the practice of setting aside time for rest has become counterintuitive in a culture that never stops and places a premium on productivity. Since many people, especially in the West, grow up in school systems where “summer” is synonymous with “vacation,” summer is a natural time to think about rest.
Taking Sabbath seriously isn't about doing nothing or spending long hours watching television or playing video games, but about restoration and a renewed focus on one's relationship with God and others. Worship, restful time with family and friends, and time outdoors enjoying God's creation, all are healthy ways to honor the Sabbath.