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Why Sunday Should Be a Day of Rest

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With more than 2,300 restaurants in 47 states, how is it that everyone knows the one day when Chick-fil-A sandwiches aren’t available?

It’s Sunday, of course – the most well-known feature of the popular fast food chain.

It was the late founder – S. Truett Cathy – who instilled this belief straight from the beginning. Despite his passing in 2014, the company’s stance on a Sunday closure has never wavered.

“I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities,” Cathy once stated. “One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.”

What matters is that day of rest.

Any fitness buff will tell you that rest days are important. Your body and mind need time to recover.

Fortunately in the game of life, we have one day to rest each week. For most of us, that comes on a Sunday, or possibly Saturday. Perhaps because of your work schedule, the off day comes on a weekday.

However or whenever it comes, chances are for years you’ve been robbing yourself of a much needed day off. You’ve been using that day to play catch-up and make the rest of the week easier. We’ve all been there.

But here’s a suggestion:  don’t do it anymore.

Reclaim that day. Go to church. Be with your family. Do something that promotes rest, relaxation and family time. Shift away from the hustle required of youth sporting events, shopping, or any other activities that don’t allow us to rest.

The acceleration of 24-hour stores, online commerce and instant streaming has created an intense consciousness where we must have everything instantly, regardless of the day. But despite these wants, are we ever really fulfilled?

We can be if we use one of those days to pray and remain steadfast toward our faith and families in our homes – our domestic churches.

Sure, we were created for work, but we were also made to rest.

God didn’t suggest we keep the Sabbath holy, he commanded we do so. We can talk ourselves into needing this day off to catch up, or we can take back this important day. In doing so, we’ll create more time for our families that prioritize time spent with each other and God.

It will nourish us more than anything else we could do.

Cathy didn’t close Chick-fil-A on Sundays just to keep holy the Sabbath. He wanted a day off.

During an ABC News “Nightline” interview, Cathy’s son, Dan, told the reporter that “by the time Sunday came, he was just worn out…. He figured if he didn’t like working on Sundays, that other people didn’t either.”

He also quoted his father as saying, “I don’t want to ask people to do that what I am not willing to do myself.”

A day of rest can happen if we are willing to take a stand for our core values.

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