I'm a disciple of Jesus, husband, father to eight kids and a pastor.
A lot of times I feel like everything is going too quickly. That I’m not doing the things that I know are truly important. I’ve had these thoughts many times but always end up here. Overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by all of the demands, responsibilities, opportunities, concerns and dreams.
Life is crazy. But it doesn’t have to be.
Exodus 20:8-11(NIV) “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 male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
One day for worship and rest. God established the pattern. We break it to our own detriment. God gave us the command. We disobey and suffer the consequences. Taking life back starts here. Sabbath is a weekly pause where we have the opportunity to rest, refocus and worship. Sabbath allows us to step off of the treadmill of life and gain perspective.
Sabbath requires us to say “no.”
- “No” to our incessant drive to be productive.
- “No” to our unquenchable thirst for entertainment.
- “No” to our constant yearning to feel like we are staying connected through social media.
Sabbath requires us to say “no” to good things so that we can experience what we need most.
To rest in our relationship with the God who loves us.
For me it started as small as turning off the email notifications on my cell phone for Sundays. I liked it so much that I just haven’t turned them back on. I don’t need the email. I need Sabbath.
What do you need to say “No” to this Sunday?