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weekend wrap-up | Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day.

Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exodus 20:8-11 (ESV)

Remember the Sabbath; it's right up there with not killing, stealing, or committing adultery. But it's so easy to forget.

In my former life it was common for me to head to church for a super early service and then rush off to work a game or an event. My career made it so I was team #NoDaysOff. I fought, for years, for freedom from my job on the Sabbath. But when I did begin to consistently have a free day each week out of habit I would always fill it. Between serving, scheduling fellowship, and church services I would be more drained on my rest day than any other day of the week. I knew things needed to change still I felt guilty just resting.

But y'all, even God rested.

I've been slowly training myself to say no to things that are going to push me to the point of anxiety. Brunch is nice; but planning a brunch with 15 people can quickly become a chore. We are called to serve; but as an introvert I know mentally I can't handle three services worth of preschool ministry in one day. Certain types of working out can be a chore; but swimming and yoga calm me and give me time to reflect on God's glory. I became intentional about defining what a Sabbath looks like for me and now I fight to protect it.

This past weekend can be checked off as one that successfully included a rest day. Despite the fact that I stayed up past my bedtime hanging out with people that mean the world to me (and hit snooze in the morning as a result) I feel a peace and contentment that doesn't come after a day of busyness. No amount of productivity is worth missing out on those feelings.

So don't schedule yourself to death on your day off. Remember the Sabbath. Your week will thank you.