Here’s what I mean…
Growing up, Sundays meant church, Sunday School, dinner in the living room with the good china while discussing how much vibrato we heard from the sopranos in the church choir, drinking Pepsi out of the glass water goblets, watching the Minnesota Vikings with my dad, taking afternoon naps in our slips, (I still don’t understand why we napped in our slips), and driving out to the farm to “look at the fields.”
Some of my best memories ever.
Sunday night would eventually come along. And that meant homework. Cramming. Frantic phone calls to girlfriends to figure out the geometry problem.
Sunday was great. Until I remembered that Monday was coming.
Some of those angst-ridden Sunday night study habits and practices stayed with me as I got older…
I just replaced homework with client work.
Monday would come and I’d be exhausted. Angry about missing out on more enjoyable, relaxing Sunday activities. Resentful that I “had to” work.
I don’t think that’s what God intended when He asked me to set aside one day of the week for Him. A Sabbath day.
I have had to change how my time is spent on Sunday. It hasn’t always been easy. Early on, my stress was a lot worse when I didn’t work most of the evening.
But I have found that my life is better by keeping a Sabbath day. My values stay clearer. My priorities are honored. My most important relationships are richer.
God has asked us to “Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God.” (Exodus 20:8)
God gave us this commandment because He knows what’s best for us.
Who am I to second-guess Him?
“In today’s world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves.”
(Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller)
“Busyness makes us stop caring about the things we care about…Busyness also robs us of knowing God the way we might.”
(The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring SABBATH by Mark Buchanan)