A couple of weeks ago, our pastor delivered a message about taking a snow day. To sum it up, he said that if the God Almighty, creator of the Universe, takes a break after working all week, then maybe we can, and should, too.
Many religions celebrate Sabbath in some way. But this post isn’t about that. It’s about a snow day.
Do you remember when you were a kid and you woke up on a school day only to see a few inches of snow on the ground and mom telling you there’s no school? Remember how much FUN that was? No school, no school work, no homework, no responsibility?
What about as a grown-up? You wake up one morning, getting ready for work or school or with your list of errands in hand only to find that everything “out there” is closed due to snow. You can’t get to work, you can’t go run those 50-bazillion errands you planned, you’re just stuck at home. But you don’t necessarily feel guilty about it because you know everyone else is stuck at home, too.
So, what do you do?
You relax, you play, you go outside with your kids and make a snow angel, snow man or a snow fort (if you get enough snow). You have a snowball fight with your spouse then head inside for some hot chocolate and a fire in the fire place. Yeah, I admit, I got a little Norman Rockwell, but come on. Isn’t this what a snow day is all about? No real responsibility, like work or going to the grocery store (unless you didn’t make that egg, milk and bread run before the storm. You have to be able to make French Toast in a snow storm. I’m not sure why, but it’s a rule, apparently).
People are wired to get breaks. We’re made for sleeping and resting. If we don’t get sleep, we lose the ability to function. Did you know that someone who is sleep deprived and driving is a worse driver than someone who is drunk? If we don’t take breaks, we get irritable, grumpy and don’t do our best. We snap at the kids, we don’t do our jobs to the best of our ability, we take it out on our partners. Our health and our bodies fail us if we don’t get breaks.
We’re told in the Bible that God rested after working for 6 days. If he does it, why shouldn’t we?
We should be taking a break once a week – that’s 52 snow days a year. Put it on your calendar! Take a snow day. Let go of the guilt of not getting anything done and enjoy the day relaxing or doing a favorite hobby. Take your kids to the park for an entire afternoon with no agenda to run here or there afterwards. Leave the dishes in the sink and go out to eat and let someone else do the cooking and cleaning. Curl up with a book and read. The work, the chores, the dishes – they’ll all be there the next day, but will your sanity and your health?
Go take a snow day.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? ~ Mark 8:37