A Leave You Shouldn’t Take


Taking leave is something that most employed people find an elixir of life. Job is a blessing because it places us in a capacity where we can meet our bills well. Joblessness makes life boring and sad. It limits our contributions towards household and national well-being. Our networth has to do with our occupations. The number of figures of a man’s salary is increasingly becoming more important to a prospective bride than his moral package. We define men mostly based on their occupational engagements. 

After acquiring a well-paying job then comes the next challenge—time. The jobless have time but no money, the employed have money but no time. It is like we have the commodity of skill and time. We choose to swim in the deep end of pauperism, or sell our time and skill, and then have money we have no time to spend, except on meeting utility bills. This is why employment reorganizes a lot of people. Some add a lot of weight, others have very different social profiles, vacillating between noted and not available. Sometimes you could be tempted to think that your salaried friends are discriminatory because they don’t attend your parties and weekend dinner invites. But to make it simple, they have exchanged their time with money. They have a few bucks, but no time and you should understand. 

The paradox of time and money is what makes leaves and sabbaticals quite attractive. Some even skew their leaves to one side of the year to make it meaningful and satisfactory. Instead of having it piecemeal in terms of a few days, some will gather them and go on a one-month leave. Holidays are good times to spend with family and friends, and generally to unwind and find yourself again. 

The busy schedules of life always make me dread a sabbath-less world. Imagine you’re a student, and you are challenged to be up at 4:45 am every day for the next 365 days, or you need to be up early every day for the sake of work engagements throughout the year? A sabbath-less world is a pulseless world—I don’t want it! If you look at the reality of life today, you will find this good news: 

8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. {KJV Exodus 20:8-11

It is fulfilling to think that God wanted us to have a one-day leave every week to be free from the engagements of the world. The fact that a Sabbath exists, is a great argument for the existence of God. Only an intelligent being can perfectly come up with a system that proves useful for eternity. 

All these notwithstanding, there are some leaves we must not take. Taking them is too costly and we should not even try negotiating to make them affordable. They involve a host of responsibilities that are to be done for life once you enlist yourself in them. There are some which we don’t have a choice over and which create no room for negotiations. Diastolic and systolic cycles are in that category. You cannot safely take a holiday from breathing in and out and survive. In fact, I want to register an idiom that can mean death—“breathing holiday”. 

There are other categories we can negotiate, but which we should avoid bargaining for. Such can be summarised under the umbrella of responsibility. There are some responsibilities we cannot delegate. What do you think? If your wife requests a sabbatical from matrimonial commitment, can you grant it? Mine is a no. No holiday unless to marital commitments. You cannot tell your children something like, “next month I’m on leave from being your father or mother.” I don’t mean to say people don’t do it, but I am saying that we should not do it once. 

Finally, on matters around character building and morality, we can’t afford a sabbatical. It means a complete overhaul and a shipwreck of faith. When you become a Christian, you make a decision once and then begin following up every day and every hour. The reason is simple; Christianity is a battle and a match. You don’t have the privilege of being free from the obligation of living your life faithfully ‘and raising the banner of the Cross. A moment of indifference is a great advantage on the side of the enemy of God and man. This is why you must be converted first, in order to enjoy being a Christian. If you are not converted, try a different calling or you will keep on calling out for holidays that apparently are not there. 

Holidays are life-giving and resuscitating. Only remember that there are some engagements that have no leaves attached to them, and before you sign up for them, think well.

7 thoughts on “A Leave You Shouldn’t Take

  1. I find this very helpful, even from the commitment of observing the sabbath rest, we cannot take a holiday just like one cant take a holiday from being a parent

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  2. I am left with a smile on my face. Who takes leaves from their children? Anyway interesting how majority have taken sabbatical from character development and morality that’s why the nations are in chaos and disasters. No true Christianity no true conversation even with the very elect.

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