This past Sunday, I reflected on rest, or perhaps more specifically a spirit of restfulness to which God invites us. The challenges before any of us in seeking this are significant. Not only are is everyday full of “time-traps” that draw us into unhealthy busyness, but our hearts and minds are often prone to wander away from what matters most.
God’s invitation to restfulness is connected but distinct from the practice of Sabbath. The first describes a way through which each us can approach life and its flow. However, we should note that Sabbath is a day, built into a 7 day routine, allowing for a pattern work and then rest from it.
I imagine that most of us who have been familiar with church associate the Sabbath with Sunday, connecting it with worship and being present with church family. This is true, but more is at work here, and the Sabbath day doesn’t have to be on a specific day. Personally, I helps me to practice Sabbath outside of Sundays.
Sabbath is not about legalistically reserving time slot in your week to show up to church. Rather, it is about establishing practices of rest as the climax of the week. Instead of Sunday actions being about ritual, what if instead you could shape whatever day you would like to approach as your Sabbath as the best day of your week.
What would you do if you approached Sabbath this way? Hear this more as me planting the seeds for further conversation. That said, I want to list four principles for you to consider about what is intended for the Sabbath.
1. Sabbath as stopping from work, worry and want.
2. Sabbath as resting
3. Sabbath as delighting
4. Sabbath as worship Pray about how God would like you to rest with him during the week.
How can the day you call Sabbath, not only be the best day of the week, but the day you truly live from?
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