Our pastor has spoken a lot on the importance of taking a sabbath, taking one day to do something different. That could be ignoring email for a day, not answering the phone for the day, going away for the day…something that is outside of your normal and using that time to do something else. Does it have to be spiritual? No. For example, this morning we actually intentionally took a sabbath from normal work stuff….all things AllyZabba, NeatoStuff, and DZ’s day job. Those work tasks were shelved for the day and we did other things. But the difference is that we did them as a family. DZ worked on his motorcycle, while the girls and I worked on the yard. We were all together and had a fun time talking, playing, helping each other as needed. While it was still work, it was different work, and it was actually relaxing. We accomplished things that needed done, while still being together, interacting with one another, enjoying time together. It seems so simple when I write it out, but it has been hard to put into practice.
I am such a task driven person that it is hard for me to put aside work that I know needs done. But if I sit down to do the one thing that “will only take a second”, it turns into two things, or three and 30 minutes later I am still working. So, for today we succeeded with taking our sabbath. I actually feel relaxed, more ready for the week ahead, and more prepared for our church service tonight. Maybe you can try to take a sabbath sometime and let me know how it goes.