Unorthodox Sunday

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?

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2 thoughts on “Unorthodox Sunday

  1. Danielle says:

    Chera,
    I’m glad you’re learning to take a day of rest sometime, it’s a hard habit to learn. I ususally take Friday’s as my ‘sabbath’ since I have to work on Sundays. This gives me a 2-day weekend. But things come up (funerals being the worst culprits) that cut into it. I think the important thing is to remember that a day of rest is to remind us we aren’t God, that the universe will spin on without us holding it together.

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  2. Megan says:

    What I spent my “sabbath” Monday doing was fun and might have been relaxing, but I found myself at the end of the day, and this morning, feeling thoroughly worn out. If you can skype next week in the morning, I’ll be sure not to loan myself out for baking lessons that time of day, then maybe I’ll feel more rested after a lazy morning. 🙂

    Check out my latest post and tell me if I’m wrong, by the way.

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