When I was doing manual labour at my old job, I never questioned whether or not I should keep the sabbath: My body hurt so much after some of my shifts that I could not climb up the stairs to get to my bedroom at night without gripping the railing and walking at half the speed I normally did. My co workers would see my walking with bad posture and ask me why I was in so much pain.
When I began trying to come up with my 24 book outlines after getting laid off, I stopped keeping the sabbath. I thought the sabbath was a break that only very hard working people deserved and I knew my book writing was no where near as painful as my old job.
But after almost 8 months without full 24 hour breaks from productive work - I realized I had begun to loosen my fringes. When I regularly took breaks either at work or in school - my work ethic and motivation and dedication were amazing - I always exceeded expectations, desires, interests and always amazed everybody. I realized after not taking breaks for almost 8 months that my ambition had dimmed.
This week I accidentally spilled some rice on our white kitchen floor and when I couldn’t find it right away due to poor visual attentiveness, I gave up looking for it thinking I would discover it’s location when somebody accidentally stepped on it after it dried and shrunk. In the past, I would not have been so lazy. The sabbath is designed to benefit you in the long term and not the short term. This is why you should not avoid resting just because you do not feel that it’s necessary. If you do not take your breaks your drive will begin to dim and the long term output will be worse than what it would have been if you had only been productive for 6 days a week.