To Rest or Not to Rest?
With his modern utterance of “let there be light,” Thomas Edison invited humanity into a world that never sleeps. Edison himself believed sleep was a waste of time. He was known to work over 100 hours a week, to hold job interviews at 4:00 a.m., and insist that his employees adhere to the same sleepless schedule he did. Edison lived and promoted a philosophy that rest was the enemy of productivity. In 1914, he said that there is no reason why men should go to bed at all.
It appears his vision for sleepless humanity has come to pass. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared a sleep deprivation epidemic among Americans.
Though Edison’s “let there be light” may have ushered us into sleeplessness, the divine creator who uttered, “Let there be light” also benevolently declares “Let there be rest.”
And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27-28.)
God has a plan for our health and wellness, and rest is a part of that plan.
Michael Temple writes from North Dakota.© 2002 - 2023, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.