Simplicity. Intentionality. Trending words. Profound meanings. These things, if practiced properly, should contribute greatly towards rest and peace, right? But how exactly are they best practiced in today's busy society is the great question looming in each of our minds. Sure, you can find helpful and skillfully written blog posts with amazing tips aimed at decluttering, minimalist organization, quick and easy meal prep ideas... all great stuff. I've pored over several of these myself and even implemented a few into my *attempted* daily routine. But here's a question for you:
Can you truly have all these things without the weekly practice of the Sabbath?
I would argue not.
And the reason for my argument is very simple:
Because God said so.
If God Himself would model the practice of the Sabbath in the creation, and then command man, whom He created in His own image, to follow the practice also...
Well, who are we, who are made up of the elements of dirt, to argue with that?
And furthermore, lest some of you say that you can't afford to take a day off, well, how about this, maybe you can't afford not to. Since when should your physical and emotional health and well-being take a back seat and be denied her right to weekly rest anyway?
How many years, or quality years ahead of you, are you robbing yourself of in order to do too much right now when really you don't even need to?
My own health broke a few years back. It's been a very slow recovery process. (I'm very grateful for the excellent doctors that have helped me) I couldn't write. Looking at a computer screen was too much. I had to go to reading books on audible and listening to podcasts. Sometimes I just had to lay down on an ice pack in total darkness and silence because anything was just too much. I did a lot of praying. Occasionally I even got bored. (Never thought that would happen) It has been super frustrating. You wanna cut your screen time, this is one drastic way to do it. I have had what's apparently called "intractable" migraines and something called neurological photophobia, along with extreme sensitivity to sounds. The point isn't to make you feel sorry for me. It's to demonstrate how forcefully I've had to re-evaluate how and where I spend my time. I've been given less functional hours in the day; so I have to carefully choose which tasks or activities are most important. I have to choose which things I actually have time for before I just can't do anymore. I could feel sorry for myself, falling into the "mulligrubs" as one friend of ours puts it. (Who else has even heard of this word?!) Oh wait I've actually done that. Several times. *sigh* Well, I'm trying to remember instead of the "mulligrubs" or a giant pity party to practice what I recently heard on a podcast (go figure) called "radical acceptance." Here's the silver lining behind being given less functional hours in the day: I've been forced into learning what's truly important. I've had a revelation of the true value and meaning and sacred nature of the weekly practice of the Sabbath. I don't think it's just for practicing Jews either. If I can't hope to do all the things in six days, then I need to cut back. I'm learning to cut back. Do I have it all figured out? Not hardly. The weekly practice of the Sabbath does require a bit of planning and intention in and of itself, but that's a whole other topic. In any case, I'm trying.
In my quest to honor my body's need for rest and peace, and in my decision to honor the Sabbath, I hope in the process to also truly discover the meaning of simplicity and intentionality in living life to the fullest.
For those of you who don't know what honoring the Sabbath means, it's super simple: do whatever you enjoy and whatever makes your heart happy, without being stupid of course, and refrain from work one day a week. Basically a planned day of vacation once every seven days. I chose Sundays 'cause that's culturally the easiest in the Western society and the easiest for me. Practicing Jews do Saturday. But I believe any day would work. Just pick one and go with it. Please feel free to message me or comment below with your thoughts. I'll happily share some of the resources I've read on the subject if you're interested. Happy resting friends!
I'm Debbie. I love listening to chickens cackle and sing. I love Lindt chocolate truffles, a good cup of coffee, and a good book.