Embracing Sabbath: A Practical Journey

Today’s Word:  PLAN

Today’s Sabbath Practice:  Mark out 4 times for Sabbath on the calendar

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?  Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”

– Matthew 11:28-29 (The Message)

Did I have your attention at “Are you tired?”

Are you longing to recover your life that feels like it is getting away from you?

Did you sink deeply into your chair at the thought of taking a real rest, an idea so distant you’ve forgotten what the experience feels like?

God has built the rhythm of sabbath rest into creation but, as modern people, we’ve chosen to all but ignore the fourth commandment.  We’ve made it a badge of honor to overwork and run ourselves ragged.  Like Martha, we chase after lesser things and are too exhausted to savor the one necessary thing that Mary found in the “unforced rhythms of grace” at Jesus’ feet.

We live at such a frantic pace because we think it all depends on us. We’ve got to make ourselves happy, prove our worth. Compound that with a 24/7 world that demands “more, now, and fast” and it’s no wonder that sabbath seems so elusive, so foreign, so counter-intuitive to us.

The world will never invite us to sabbath.  We will never be or do or give enough for the world.

But Jesus says “Come to me… recover your life… take a real rest.”

The Plan

Nobody practices sabbath by accident.

Over the next four weeks we’ll learn to incorporate the rhythm of sabbath in our lives in meaningful ways.  Several times a week there will be a post to encourage or equip you as we journey together to experience the life-giving rest of sabbath.

So let’s get started!

Consistency of practice is more important than quantity of time.  Start where you are and do what you can, not what you can’t.  Habits form and grow over time.

Today’s Word:  PLAN

Today’s Sabbath Practice:  Mark out 4 times for Sabbath on the calendar

and mark out a time of sabbath each week for the next four weeks.  It might be a block of 2 hours, 4 hours.  Whatever it is, schedule it.  Commit to it.  Don’t not practice sabbath because you can’t find a 24 hour period available on the calendar.

Consistency of practice is more important than quantity of time.  Start where you are and do what you can, not what you can’t.  Habits form and grow over time.

Here we go!

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