Until AD 321, Sunday was just another day of the week. In March of that year Constantine I, Rome's first Christian Emperor, decreed that "On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed."
-I wish we still talked/wrote like that.
-I wonder if he knew what a gift he was giving the entirety of humanity.
Most of us work hard in our daily pursuits. Be it schoolwork, our careers, raising a family, or simply trying to make life the best it can be for ourselves and those around us. Whatever our ambitions, we often work to the point of burnout.
Thankfully, we just have to remember 'ole Constantine and his decree. However, since it's been over 1700 years since the decree, I'd like to offer a slight amendment.
On the venerable Day of the Sun let the teachers, lawyers, corporate sales people, and people residing in cities RESET, and let all Target's have limited hours to encourage family time instead of retail therapy.
A small change in verbiage, but an intentional one. For some of us, rest is out of the question. Instead, we should be focused on a reset.
What does a reset look like?
Tidy Up - Cleaning a space can go a long way in helping you start to organize other aspects of your life.
Exercise - Maybe your schedule last week didn't allow for it, but a walk or workout is a great way to clear your mind, relieve stress, and enjoy some quiet time.
Disconnect - Turn your phone off and leave it somewhere where you won't be. For me, it's leaving it at home while we're at church. Just do it, you won't regret it.
Somedays Sunday's feel dreadful, like it's just a Monday's Eve. Let's break the cycle and use Sunday as a day of reset.
Turn your phone off for 30 minutes this Sunday.
When is the last time you stopped, reassessed and realigned your life before continuing with the next thing life threw at you?
"On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost." - Constantine I