Sundays are, perhaps, my busiest days. I am out of the house from 9.30 AM when I leave for church until around 10.00 PM when I get home after Postgraduate Christian Union (PGCU). Straight after church I go to work at the museum, after which I go to my office for a couple of hours before going to PGCU for dinner, Bible study, and fellowship. Before I leave for church I make sure I have my bag (purse), lunch, Bible, books, and umbrella.
I know this goes against what most people think ought to be for the ‘day of rest’, and that some people might disapprove of me for working on a Sunday. Aside from ‘the Sabbath’ being Saturday rather than Sunday (yes, it bothers me a little to hear people call Sundays ‘the Sabbath’), and the fact that getting this job was actually an answer to prayer, there is also the verse, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath’ (Mark 2.27) to keep in mind.
Since starting graduate school, I have tried very carefully to observe the idea of a day of rest — but rarely is this day on a Sunday. During my master’s degree it was on Fridays and as a PhD student is has most often been on Saturdays. Now it is on Mondays. So long as I have a day sometime during the week which is not spent in the office, museum, or in front a computer all day, then I will be satisfied with my unorthodox ‘day of rest’. I am fortunate that, by having near-complete autonomy of my time and schedule, I do not have to rely on the weekends to be my days off from work. That is one of the privileges of being in Academia.
I know not all of my readers have traditonal Mon-Fri, 9-5 jobs. So, when do you find time for rest?