In Exodus 5, Moses and Aaron ask Pharaoh to let the Israelites go sacrifice unto the Lord. Pharaoh's response is no. And then he tells the taskmasters to make the Israelites gather their own straw because, obviously, the Israelites must be idle since they feel they have enough time to go worship.
As I read this chapter, my first reaction was that people need time to worship and also to relax so they can rejuvenate. Then I had an immediate weight of conviction put on me - how often do I do this with my family? Thinking "Oh, you have time to play on your iPod?" "How do you have time to play?" "How can you get to do something fun while I'm always working?" And then I normally ask/assign a family member to do a chore. To be honest, it does seem like I'm doing all the work while everyone else is always relaxing/playing (except for the time that they are at work/school). After seeing how I was being like Pharaoh. I am now more conscious of the need for downtime for each member of our family, including me. When I push for someone to do a chore, I'm striving to limit what I'm asking. I'm also seeking to show by example that we work for a time and then relax for a time. My girls will yell at me when I ask them to clean their room "but you're on the laptop" or "you're reading a book!". Rather than simply telling them I'm their mother, I am pointing out to them all that I just accomplished. Yes, they need to not talk back to me but they also need to learn that we get to relax/play after we work and they won't learn that if I don't explain it (again, and again, and again).
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