Coming to a full stop!

     I have to admit, I like punctuation. I can’t write without it. Punctuation gives order & emphasis to any sentence. I am a firm believer that if you want to make a point, use a well-sharpened sentence, with punctuation! This is why the (? , ! ;  and the .) are my friends, especially the ‘period’. I even try to use correct punctuation when emailing and texting. Foolish? Maybe a little.

     This is why, a recent article in the newspaper entitled; “The end of punctuation, period!!!”, has me worried. According to the author, the ‘period’ is quickly becoming passé. In fact, the writer makes his point by writing his entire article without using a ‘period’, on purpose! This article says that the ‘period’ “is being felled in the barrage of instant messaging that has become synonymous with the digital age.” In other words, texting is single-handedly eliminating the “period”. So, do we need it?  What’s the purpose of the “period”, anyway? A period signals a full stop in a sentence. Without it, we create a run-on a sentence like this one: Today life is filled with the unexpected that can come at us at any moment from any side without warning causing anyone to be blindsided by a plethora of problematic circumstances culminating in a barrage of challenges & difficulties leaving us exhausted like the way you feel after reading this sentence because…….  (I think you see what happens when a full stop in a sentence is ignored.)

     But, what about applying a “full stop” to life? After all, don’t you feel that life is like a run on sentence? Things don’t stop. Demands keep coming. Expectations explode everywhere. Do this! Be there! Get this done! Don’t delay! Don’t forget! God has an answer to this problem. In fact, He invented it. God’ idea of a full-stop is called the Sabbath. A single day of rest in each week, where we cease working. Sound familiar? The purpose of a Sabbath is to give the heart and mind a rest from the demands of work, in order to enjoy what’s been accomplished. A Sabbath is an affirmation that you believe that with God in the next week, you can be successful in six days, without over doing it by working 7! So, when we fill up the Sabbath with additional duties and responsibilities that drain us like work does, then we miss out on the Sabbath, God created. It also means we don’t trust God’ ability to provide us with enough time and energy to get things done in the coming week. The Sabbath is something the Lord knows we need. In your heart of hearts, you know that its desperately needed, isn’t it? If you feel that one day tumbles into another and one week collides with the next, then you are missing that ‘full stop’ called the Sabbath, period!!! In my next blog, I will continue this discussion on the importance of the Sabbath. So, for now ponder this passage in Deut. 5:15; You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore, the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day. (ESV)