I listened to a lot of Grant Cardone in 2014. In Sell or Be Sold he has this one little section where he talks about how he works 14 hours a day on his best days and does more in 2.5 days than most people do the whole week. Grant then goes on to say that come Sunday, having done nothing all week some people still feel entitled to rest because “The Good Book” says they should rest.
As far as Grant is concerned and I would tend to agree that logic is completely flawed. He thinks God rested on the 7th day because he’d built the whole entire world in 6 days and as such deserved a rest. You haven’t done anything solid all week and still you think you need a rest? What? Why?
Indeed, every religion has it’s own day of rest whether it be Friday, Saturday or Sunday and a lot of people use it as a justification for not working. If you’ve been as productive as you want to be the rest of the week, why not? However, the fact is most haven’t.
I personally think rest has to be well earned and if you’re going to make it in this life there will be months when you cannot take a single day fully off. Even when I was pregnant and exhausted I was working like a donkey most days until the 37th week when I cut back to about 2 to 4 hours per day.
As a student in both high school and university I used to go to chapel every Sunday but that didn’t mean I didn’t do any work. I just did my work around chapel and ensured that I didn’t laze around the rest of the week.
Chapel was actually one of my favourite times of the week because it was a very social experience. I was friends with many people at chapel and usually spent an hour afterwards hanging out.
After I was done enjoying myself I went back to hit the books.
If you feel like you’re underachieving relative to where you should be and you also take a day off every week for religious reasons I would have a critical think about that. I’m not going to tell you what you should do all I will say is that you are the mistress of your own fate and small things like allowing yourself to work on the day you have been taught to believe is “a day of rest” can make a massive difference in your output.
God doesn’t care when you work. If God was so against me working on Sundays then why did he let me go from academic success to academic success? From a struggling 11 year-old how is it that by the time I was 17 He gave me all the resources to get into Cambridge and then ultimately to graduate with a first class degree?
Ultimately, you could be saying I am not working on Sunday or Saturday or Friday for religious reasons when the truth is, you’re not working on that day because you don’t want to and feel a religious reason is a good justification for your laziness. ‘Nuff said.
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I think before you can comment about the "reason" why the Creator instructed his creation to "rest" on the seventh day of each week, you should read about it, for yourself....as I believe you would have an entirely different perspective on it.
18/3/2015 04:22:30 pm
Well said Symantha!!
19/3/2015 11:53:23 pm
Thank you Symantha.you on point
18/3/2015 05:28:00 pm
I have to agree with Symantha. Observing the Sabbath isn't about resting up.
18/3/2015 07:03:17 pm
Heather actually raised a great point and so did Symantha.
18/3/2015 09:19:20 pm
There's nothing wrong with a day of rest from hard work all week. it can be used for rest, church, family time, or all 3. Many black people have strenuous jobs or jobs in which they have to put up with racist bosses or coworkers. What I think makes some people poor is when their religion of church DEMANDS that they turn over a certain percentage of their income to the church even if it means financial hardships. They're often told that doing this will invite "God's blessings". Just a few days ago Creflo Dollar, a mega church evangelist who lives in a mansion & has expensive cars put out a call for his followers to give $300 per household to help him get a new 65 million dollar jet ( to replace his old jet). to help him "spread the gospel". It caused a huge outcry, the message was taken down & there was a lot of backpedaling to "explain what he really meant." Some people blindly follow such requests & will send money. The pastors that do this are hypocritical & dangerous & prey on the poor & needy
24/3/2015 02:50:38 pm
I saw the press release for that $65m jet - I was appalled! What is even more appalling is that some people who are struggling fall for that kind of stuff.
18/3/2015 11:59:35 pm
Setting aside a day of rest each week is more about worshiping God than just going to church. I like your articles Heather but on this one I think you don't know what you are talking about. You may be successful but that doesn't mean you understand how God works or how all religions work. I believe in resting not because I am tired but because I need time to spend with God. Riches are not a measure of God's favour towards a person otherwise Paul, Peter etc would have been very rich. Religion and relating to God is a personal thing. If I want to rest even when I have not done anything during week I can do so because to me 'rest' means spending time with God by studying my Bible and praying
19/3/2015 04:14:43 am
Well said Nokuthula, I believe there are people who do not understand the difference between religion and relationship. Heather was wrong to judge and generalize and this comes when someone has a whole lot of religion but no relationship with the Lord. Anytime someone sees church as a social event and had the I did this on my own syndrome and do not give credit to the Creator, then it opens the door to where the judging and lack of a Godly perspective can enter.
24/3/2015 02:56:40 pm
Watch the video I just uploaded and let me know your thoughts. Of course, what I write about is just MY opinion and I respect the fact that everyone has their own opinion and of course, everyone always thinks their opinion is right, it human nature.
19/3/2015 06:39:51 am
I'm not sure what Heather's implying here. Are you saying lazy people, who did nothing all week, haven't earned the right to a day off? Maybe, Heather, in your quest to help people on the path to success, you should restrict your comments to time management and leave religion out of it. Or better, understand that success is also measured in the way people perceive their relationship with God.
19/3/2015 07:47:35 am
Paul gave specific instructions for the rich. He said: “Give orders to those who are rich in the present system of things not to be high-minded, and to rest their hope, not on uncertain riches, but on God, who furnishes us all things richly for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17) Evidently there is a danger that rich people might become proud and feel superior to others. Also, they may be tempted to think that riches can offer true security—something that only God can provide.
19/3/2015 11:51:31 pm
normally your business advise is ok but on this piece i feel you are misleading people. Unless you clearly understand scripture please do not mislead those that look up to you. i agree with crystal's point on riches and pride. be wary, its a thin line
21/3/2015 09:59:34 pm
This article is very insightful thank you Heather. When it comes to hard work and faith common sense is very vital as even the bible points out that faith without works is dead. I will also like to educate you on the subject of 'religion' which as someone has pointed out is to do with your relationship with God. It involves a lot more than taking a day off. It actually means spending time with the creator of Heaven and earth the one who loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die for us. You see nothing can fill the void in one except God. And it all stems from building that daily realationship with Him through careful study of Gods word. Of course hard work is important and all but if it's all for this life here on earth one is working then just as the bible says you are of all men most miserable. Because life here on earth is fleeting and man with all his knowledge is very limited. I love you Heather I don't mean to undermine you in any way I understand where you're coming from. But it is clear that you have a lot to learn about the creator as you've demonstrated very limited knowledge about Him. The wonderful thing is He still loves you and is willing to teach you if you will only let Him.
22/3/2015 02:31:19 am
Watch this sermon on the true meaning of James 2. Read Romans 4:1-8 as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPqSelVJvoA
22/3/2015 02:29:35 am
Romans 14:5, "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."
29/3/2015 02:58:04 pm
Heather gave her opinion on the subject and i find it interesting how almost everyone here has judged her faith or her understanding of the bible. Everyone has their way of interpreting their understanding of the bible therefore I do not think it is right to sit in judgement over Heathers understanding.
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