Thursday, 23 June 2011
I’ve always wondered about the Sabbath. I think sometimes because Jesus said it was ok to do good on the Sabbath we have taken that as free licence to do whatever -just try to not work at your actual job. This past winter I have tried to do crockpot meals on Sundays, to have everything done so it would feel like I “have it off.” It gave me the freedom to seek Him, to listen to the Spirit or spend time with my family because I was intentional about the things I wasn't going to do. If I truly believe that God gave us a day for Him, just for Him, a day our bodies, spirits and minds need to rest why isn’t my behaviour a reflection of that? What am I passing on to my kids? What do I want them to believe and see a Sabbath being? I don’t want to sit and stare at a wall all day –that isn’t what I am talking about. More of being mindful of what I am doing and why -& ceasing if necessary. After all, at the end of the day the Lords wants my full submission to Him.
In a book I started reading today called, “The Rest of God.” Mark Buchanan says about working too much, “I was loosing perspective. Fissures in my character worked themselves here and there into cracks. Some widened into ruptures. I grew easily irritable, paranoid, bitter, self-righteous, gloomy. I was often argumentative. I preferred rightness to intimacy. I avoided and I withdrew. “ How true, how much of that is me at times......