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Sharpen Your Axe

One man challenged another to an all-day wood chopping contest. The challenger plunged right in: chopping away, piling up his wood, taking no breaks all day long. The other man also went to chopping, but he stopped and took a number of breaks along the way. 

At the end of the day, everyone was surprised to find the second man's woodpile higher! The first man said, "How can this be? You took all those breaks and yet you have more wood!" The second man said, "But you don't understand: when I sat down to rest, I was sharpening my axe." 

Sometimes the smartest thing is not more work, but a well-planned rest.

Sundays Off

S. Truett Cathy, owner of the Chick-Fil-A restaurant chain and Sunday School teacher, explaining why his restaurants are closed on Sundays: "I can't be teaching kids how to keep the Lord's Day holy while ... [Read More]

Reference: 1001 Quotes, Illustrations & Humorous Stories, Edward K. Rowell and Leadership Journal, p 149

Vacation Days

Resting does not seem to come as easily or naturally to Americans as it does to people in some other nations. According to the 2006 World Almanac and Book of Facts, the Average Number of Vacation Days per Year... [Read More]

Reference: 2006 World Almanac and Book of Facts, p 755

Working While Asleep

In 2004, the journal Nature published the findings of a German study that found that sleeping brains continue to work on problems that baffle us during the day. This shows that sometimes the best way to get the answer... [Read More]

Reference: The Arizona Republic, 1/22/04

Jesus’ Vacations

According to one scholar, the Gospels record 10 periods of rest—or 10 vacations—that Jesus took in His 3 and a half years or so of ministry, which is a lot of time off if You’re saving the world.

If Jesus took time... [Read More]

Reference: Edwin R. Roberts of Princeton Seminary