Sunday State of Time

It’s Sunday. I challenge you to give yourself 60 minutes — ideally more — but 60 minutes will do. We’re always running, always pushing into the next thing. We’re always planning away every spare moment, minute and hour in hopes of catching up and moving on. Sundays are no longer about faith and family, they’re about finishing what we didn’t complete last week.

Sunday needs to stop. Now.

Sunday state of time - allow yourself time to rest.

We know there is rest and rejuvenation just over the next hill. We promise we’ll slow down when we get up there to that point in the distance. Except. We multitask our lives away. In finishing what we start we accept new challenges. We lose sleep, peace and the ability to focus on what’s truly important. I’m not saying we should all cast off responsibility and laze away our days. I’m simply saying Sundays are the only possible day for rest in our modern, manic state of mind. If we don’t protect them with all we have, we’ll have nothing left to lose.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. ~ Genesis 2:2

He created the world — the universe! — and everything in it. Even God saw fit to take a break. Who do we think we are, that we should keep on keepin’ on? It’s a commandment, after all:

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping 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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. ~ Exodus 20:8-11

Your sabbath will look different from hers or his or mine. But stop when you can and at the very least, turn off and unplug. Focus on the here, the now, the people in your midst. Enjoy the sounds of silence … you may find they speak louder than all the voices in the world.

Happy Sunday, friends.

 

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1 Comment

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    Robyn March 7, 2016 (9:05 am)

    Jenn,

    Growing up my Dad was a hired man for a registered Angus outfit. On Sunday we worked on a ranch that Mom and Dad rented and ran our personal cows on. Sunday was the day to get ahead so our family could get back to ranching on our own.

    My husband grew up with Sunday being a day of rest. It took me a while, but I agree with keeping the Sabbath for rest. I have learned that our mind and body needs Sunday to relax and regroup. J and I do chores, attend Church and take it easy. We don’t always get to totally take Sunday off as cattle still need fed and cows calf everyday, but we do our best.

    Thank You for the great reminder of the Lord’s instructions for us! I hop you have a wonderful week.