Sabbath seems to be one of those things that gets left off the sermon list. I don’t remember having heard a sermon in the last 30 years about it…but then again that could be my memory giving way…
When I was growing up Sundays meant that we were not allowed to go to work, nor were we allowed to play team sports. Usually we had a couple of doses of church and maybe entertained friends and spent the day watching telly and relaxing.
Over the years the intellectual idea of Sabbath that I developed and carried around with me involved a mythical day where I sat around and either did absolutely nothing, or did something fun with my family. I say “mythical” because it never actually happened. Being as over-committed as I was, Sundays were more often than not busier and more stressful than my regular work days. Sabbath was one of those things that I considered optional and therefore shelved it because I was busy doing stuff for God…which of course, made it alright.
I am learning a better way. I am learning that God put the Sabbath there and commanded us to keep it for a reason. Yeah, I know…d’uh! It never ceases to amaze me how slow I am to “get” this stuff! 🙂
From the study that I have been doing about what the Sabbath is for, I have come to the following two principles that I am trying to implement in my life.
1. The Sabbath was designed for restoration (biblical rest and leisure…and yes…they are different)
God rested at the end of his creative effort..not because he needed to, but so that he could appreciate what had gone before.
2. The Sabbath was designed for preparation.
The very first Sabbath in history was also Adam’s first full day on earth. He spent the day chilling with God and getting his instructions for the week ahead…he was getting focused on his God-given life purpose.
I am still learning how to make these principles work in practise, but I am noticing that these concepts fit nicely with the weekly review that I do as a part of my GTD implementation (for more info about GTD – Getting Things Done…click here), and it fits with The tenets of the Purpose Driven Life.
My next two posts will be about how I’m attempting to implement the two principles and going from a frenetic stressed life that focuses on being busy to a more peaceful life that is intentional about fulfilling my life’s purposes.
What do you do on the Sabbath? Do you think that observing the Sabbath is relevant in today’s world?