Today I am irritated by the unconscious rudeness of others. At work today, we had a lot of CNAs call off so I was calling around to find replacements. One of the CNAs I got a hold of told me, "I am a Christian. I believe that Sunday is a day of rest. So I can't come in to work." I nicely thanked her and said bye. But her comments did not sit well with me.
I could tell that she thought carefully about what she said, but I found her statements rude. It made me feel that because I was working on a Sunday that I am some sort of hedonist or atheist. I am a God-fearing woman. I too, believe in keeping the Sabbath. Unfortunately, as a nurse, I occasionally have to work weekends, including Sundays. Hospitals and nursing homes don't close just because it's Sunday. Life doesn't go on hold for Sunday. I would love to keep Sunday as a day of rest. But I also believe that the sabbath is more than Sunday. It's a way of living. There's a book that I borrowed from Mom Boone, that I haven't quite finished, called Sabbath Keeping (which is a really good book, btw). But it talks about Sabbath keeping throughout your week, not just on Sundays. The work I do on Sundays as a nurse, is also a form of Sabbath. It's a blessing for me to care for these Grandmas and Grandpas, as I'm sure they find the work I do as blessing as well.
It is unnecessary to make such comments about being a Christian, when declining to work a shift. Those who work on Sundays are also Christians. There are times I even work 8 hours on Sunday and still make it to church. There's no need to impress your beliefs on someone when turning down a shift. That's not the right time to have a religious conversation. So just keep your comments to yourself. Next time, if you don't want to work, regardless of reason, just say "I can't come in." End of story.