The story of Creation in the Old Testament tells us that God created heaven and earth and all that’s in it in the space of six days, and rested on the seventh. Whatever you believe, just imagine for a moment that God had used an extra day. For a start, we would have eight day weeks now and divided the month and the year up accordingly.

Suppose, then, that we did have an extra day each week. God, perhaps, would have used the additional time to instil a sense of peace into mankind; to provide humans with the understanding, imagination and skills that would enable them to handle disagreements and danger in a positive and healthy way. He would perhaps have taught humans to respect the natural environment and provide them with enough sense to balance their own needs with that of the rest of the world’s requirements to sustain itself. Your own imagination can bring many more possibilities into the picture of how God might have used an eighth day.

The real question is for each one of us. How would you use an eighth day? My guess is that most people would do more of what they already do. More work, more catching up with the unending list of things to do. Maybe more sleep or golf. Perhaps more time with family and friends.

But it might just be that God didn’t take the eighth day because what was left undone is intended for us to do. The whole of life is, I suggest, the eighth day. How are we doing so far?

How are you doing so far?

In peace

Warren Redman

Author's Bio: 

Warren Redman trained in the UK as a psychotherapist, facilitator and coach and has developed his own unique style of Emotional Fitness Coaching. He is president of the Emotional Fitness Institute (formally the Centre for Inner Balancing), writing about, teaching and coaching people in Emotional Fitness. He is the author of fifteen books, including the Award-winning The 9 steps to Emotional Fitness, Achieving Personal Success and Recipes for Inner Peace.

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