Matt Carpenter is the star third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, who slumped at the beginning of the 2015 season. In May, he missed an entire series because of extreme exhaustion. Carpenter has a strong work ethic that includes arriving early and using his days off for batting practice. So Cardinals manager, Matheny, looks for opportunities to give his star third baseman consecutive days off. Carpenters’ attitude has changed. “I’m at a point now where I’m not going to argue anymore,” he states. “At first, I was anti-day off. That’s just not smart. From a body standpoint and mental health standpoint it’s not the best thing. I think what I’ve learned is when I get a day off, use it. Take it.” --Jim L. Wilson and Daniel Hall
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Carpenter is learning how to rest. 06-24-2015 p.B5
Learning how to rest doesn’t come easy for some, like highly motivated athletes. But rest is essential for all life. It is even spiritual to rest.
Exodus 20:8-10 (NIV) (8) "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (9) Six days you shall labor and do all your work, (10) but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.