When I was teaching high school Sunday School in Oregon years ago, I was honored to have a class of very gifted students. One young man dreamed of becoming a navy seal, and he became one. Another one was a young man who was being raised by his sweet grandmother on social security. While playing on the varsity baseball team, his name was often in the paper as a star athlete. However, one Sunday I was surprised to see him. I knew his team was in an out of town weekend tournament. This fine Christian young man made a choice few others would have. He chose to put God first in his life regardless of the consequences to his athletic career. That was a humbling Sunday lesson for me to teach to one who was facing discipline for keeping the Sabbath. Last I heard, God has continued to lead and bless his life.
"The word 'holy' first occurs in the second chapter of Genesis. The seventh day is blessed as holy because the Lord stopped and rested." "The three R's of Sabbath: rest, renewal, and reverence."
"Sabbath keeping is nothing less than grabbing onto the robe of the Maker of the Universe. As you approach the Sabbath, a measure of awe is in order." "It is a part of heaven and a glimpse of God." "Sabbath is like a redeemed holiday (holy day) fifty-two times a year. It is a time to rejoice and celebrate." "24/6 is not about working hard and playing hard. It is about working hard and stopping." Sabbath is a time to transition from human doings to human beings.