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Recently, Misao Okawa was recognized as the world’s oldest person by the Guinness Book of Records. She celebrated her 116th birthday. Reporters were clamoring to Mrs. Okawa for her secrets to living to be 116. Her answers were pretty simple. She told the paper, “Eat and sleep and you will live a long time. You have to learn to relax, and eat sushi once a month.”
While I don’t see much in the Bible about Sushi, I do see a lot about our need for rest. In Genesis 1, we are told that God created on the first six days, but on the seventh day He rested. In the Ten Commandments, we are told to “Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.” Elsewhere in the Bible we are told, “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest” (Exodus34:21).
In other words, the Bible is pretty clear that our bodies need rest. Physically we need rest to recover and be refreshed for the week ahead. Spiritually we also need rest. God created us and called us to spend time in personal worship (by ourselves) and corporate worship (with others).
I can’t promise you that going to church will help you live to be 116, but I can promise you the more you worship, the better off you will be! By the way, the sushi is optional.
John Mark Caton, Ph.d
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