Have you ever run into a friend out and about somewhere, or maybe they shot you a text or a quick phone call, and y’all discussed hanging out soon? So the schedule hunt begins…
You can’t Monday because your oldest has volleyball practice.
You can’t Tuesday because the new puppy has it’s follow up vet appointment.
You can’t Wednesday because you have small groups.
You can’t Thursday because you have to work on the presentation that’s due Friday.
You can’t Friday because the plumbers are scheduled to come look at the dripping pipe by the washer.
Saturday is out of the question because it’s the community yard sale.
Sunday? Probably not because laundry and getting the house reset is a must before Monday.
Then, the dread hits you. Your schedule doesn’t allow for anything, let alone time for you and your friend to connect anytime soon.
I don’t know about you but I have been defeated by my schedule more times than not! This is exactly why I’m going to nudge you this week to schedule your Sabbath rest time.
This is exactly why I’m going to nudge you this week to schedule your Sabbath rest time.
Seems kind of upside down doesn’t it? To schedule the time where you rest, position your heart to the goodness and grace of God to let Him refuel you. It seems absurd to schedule these moments to eat a great meal, catch up with a friend, or to simply enjoy your favorite activity (or whatever you do for Sabbath). Let’s call it what it is; it seems odd to have to schedule it.
But from my own experience if you do not make it a priority on your schedule, it will never be a priority in your life.
Here are two practical tips:
1.) Start where you are.
You can easily put it off until after volleyball season, or after the busy season at work, or when this small group study ends. But putting off your rest prolongs the gift of refueling. You also run the risk of operating longer on whatever is left in your tank, which I’m guessing is already close to empty. Maybe you only have a few hours a week right now because of prior engagements, so start there!
2.) Find what fuels you in the time you have.
This potentially is more difficult than finding the time to stop and sabbath. Once you schedule it, what are you going to do? If Tuesday from 7pm till 9:30pm is your starting point, what are you going to with that time? Only you can answer this and it most likely will take a good amount of testing. Trying to see what works and what does not will take time, don’t rush trying to figure it out but don’t put it off either! Look at this time like a weekly holiday for your soul. A good meal, a relaxing hobby, a different environment, a great sunrise, a great sunset, a long bath, or whatever fills your heart with the goodness of God!
It’s not about just getting time off from your busy schedule, it is about how you use that time.
Trying to see what works and what does not will take time, don’t rush trying to figure it out but don’t put it off either!
Remember why this matters. Sabbath is important as your prayer life, your alone time connecting with God (i.e. bible study, devotionals), your generosity, and your unique gift to the body of Christ. This is significant so, start today and schedule it because you were not meant to run on empty.