"Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away
with the poor of the land, saying, 'When will the New
Moon be over that we may sell grain,and the Sabbath
be ended that we may market wheat?'—skimping on
the measure,boosting the price and cheating with
dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the
needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the
sweepings with the wheat" - Amos 8:4-6.
The Lord was not pleased because the people could not wait until the Sabbath was over so they could resume business, which included unethical business practices. Leadership's rest day should include time for reflection on not just what they are doing in life and work, but how they are accomplishing it. It also seems that their rest should include consideration as to what they can do for the poor in the midst of their business pursuits and how current practices may be negatively affecting the needy.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Take some time today or on your next rest day to think about four things: 1) are you happy with the business you are in? 2) is your business helping or hurting the poor? 3) are you helping the poor? and 4) are your business practices ethical and how do you measure those ethics? Obviously this will only start this assessment, and we will revisit it from time to time to see what you are learning and what changes you are making from what you learn.