Snow Days in the South

     There is something very special about snow days in the south. I can say this as a life-long Southerner –  The condition of the roads is directly proportional to where you are headed. If you are headed to Cracker Barrel, Waffle House, or to ride around, the road looks pretty good. However, if you are headed to work, school, or church – that EXACT same road looks treacherous – haha!

    But you know, the greatest thing about snow days in the South is that it is a time when EVERYTHING shuts down. I mean think about it – there are a lot less things open on our snow days than on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Our world is FORCED to STOP and PAUSE for a few hours and we love them so much because:

  • we spend time with one another
  • we act like kids again – grown ups sled and make snow angels and snow cream.
  • It is like a mini-vacation. And it is wonderful!

    So here’s the question – Why do we wait for a once a year snowpacalypse to do the things that are most important in life?

     You know, God actually talks about the importance of taking time to REST like we do on SNOW DAYS. It is called The Sabbath. The word comes from the Hebrew verb shabbat , meaning “to rest from labor”. God instituted the principle in Genesis 2:2-3.  The first use of the actual word Sabbath is in Exodus 16:23. God gives further instruction on the Sabbath in Exodus 20:8-11 and Leviticus 25:2-7. The Sabbath is a time to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10), and to sit at His feet and listen to His Words (Luke 10:39). Jesus often modeled the principle of resting from work and spending time with God (Luke 4:42, 5:16, 6:12, 9:10, 9:18, 9:28, 11:1).
 
And then there’s us in America today:

 – In the U.S., 85.8 percent of males and 66.5 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week.


 – According to the ILO, “Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers.”

 – For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year — a troubling development linked to worsening health problems in the United States.Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the lower life expectancy revealed in a report  by the National Center for Health Statistics

     The point that I believe God wants to make is very simple – We need to take more SNOW DAYS when there is no snow at all! Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” James 4:14 says, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Life is short. Don’t wait for 1-2 days a year to force you to do what we all should be doing all the time!

–  Invest in The Lord and your family.

 – Relax, Enjoy Life, Laugh, and act like a kid.

 – Slow down and make the most of every moment.

– Don’t allow the Devil to allow money or career advancement to cause you to miss out on the blessings and important things in life.
 
     So let’s get out there and enjoy this beautiful snow day in the South, but let’s don’t wait until next year to do the things in life that are most important!!