It’s the Weekend!
At the end of 5 workdays usually comes a 2-day sprint called the weekend. If we are totally honest with ourselves it’s the time we try to cram in more activity than we could during the previous 5. But, for a lot of us, those 5 we were out chasing our tails trying to earn a few shekels to pay for what we do on the weekend, and the rest of the week.
Baby Boomers got the routine from our Depression Kid parents, who went through (maybe) the Depression, WWII, and vividly remember wondering if they’d make it through those two. The Depression sucked the life out of the economy, forcing everybody to make a new economy, and try to keep the world going. Then Japan and Germany lit things up, giving the US the first and only 2-front war we’ve ever had. Raw materials were so tight, they got rationed. But they got through it. Some went and fought in one front or another.
So, we Baby Boomers came along, 78 million of us, after the war was over. Our parents got home from the war, or got going with life after Hitler and Hirohito, and made a nice life for us. Baby Boomers were the largest group of babies born in any country in history! Stretched out from 1946–1966, this was 2 decades of explosive growth. We got the fruits of our parents’ labors, in an easier life. We had our families, and raised em up mostly in houses, but some apartments, as well.
The weekend was always something to look forward to because people had chance to pay attention to something beside work. But we have progressed into a country where a lot of people work from home, or a car, or some other country. The reality for a lot of us now is to stare at a computer screen for maybe a few minutes or a few hours. We can turn to a world made of electronics outside of our homes, called the internet. We made it to connect military units for necessary activities, but what were they?
Now, whole careers are made through connection on this internet, and we can do it 7 days a week. Hey, what happened to the weekend? Some wants got ahead of the needs and greeds and people started working nonstop.
Maybe, just maybe, we might turn back to the practical reason for a day called a Sabbath, a time for stopping our busy-ness and turning our attention to the lives we said we’d live. At some time in our young lives, some of us had parents who took us to a building called a church, and for what? To turn our attention away from ourselves, and toward a being called God. We did it as Jews, Protestants, Catholics and other belief systems, but it kept us centered on someone beside ourselves.
We learned that this God was there for us, we need worry about nothing, He’d handle it all. Thus being relieved of worry, we could focus on other people and what they needed. We’d pool our resources, give from our earning, and help sick and injured. One leader of a church said Sunday was about letting our body catch up with our minds! Novel concept. Some people got different ideas of what day the Sabbath is, or should be. Its easy- take one day out of 7 and commit it to worship that God. Church leaders work on Sunday, leading worship, so THAT’s not their day off!
And as to what to do on that day, I pretty much don’t do work I don’t have to do. I always have a little house or basic maintenance to do, but not beyond what it takes to minimally wash something just used, or light activities like that. DON’T let someone tell you what you can do on the Sabbath day. That’s between you and the God you know, and no one else!
Yeah, weekends are for a re-wind, and the closer we come to that, the better off we will be!