Sabbath – Living a Joyful Life
Well, well, well…boy did I open a can of worms in doing research on incorporating Sabbath as a key to living a joyful life. My head is spinning from all the information I discovered.
So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. 2 On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.Genesis 2:1-3
New Living Translation
According to the above verse, the seventh day is the Sabbath which means Saturday. However, there is an ark full of information about worshiping on Saturday versus Sunday. Whether you choose to attend services on a Saturday or Sunday is between you and God. I will not debate that in this post.
For the sake of this post, we will focus on the fact that God set apart a day of the week for rest and worship. Since God rested, we are to do the same.
Remembering the Sabbath is one way we set ourselves apart from the rest of the world. We are to be in the world and not of it.
That being said…I do not attend church.
My work schedule is Sunday – Thursday, at least as of the day I am writing this post. By the time it publishes my schedule could be different.
I do not have one day I consider a Sabbath. Instead, my sabbath is Friday and Saturday morning. On those mornings I rest from my logistics contact center job. There are no alarms blaring and I sleep until God wakes me up.
The mornings consist of lounging around and doing some Bible reading while drinking coffee, reading inspirational articles and praying. Any work done on the computer is working on this blog, whether it is maintenance or writing and editing posts.
Then in the afternoon, I get away from the house (weather permitting). When you live alone and work from home, it is imperative to get around people, whether it is visiting the library, walking the mall or parks.
My worship consists of playing Lauren Daigle’s Still Rolling Stones from her Look Up Child CD on workday mornings. It reminds me that God is still rolling all sorts of stones in our daily life. Whether it is grief, unemployment, or terrible stats as work – God will roll those stones away in His time. I play that song as a daily reminder and a way to thank God for rolling stones.
On my days off I play the entire CD. It restores my soul and helps set my mind on the right path for the day.
Perhaps after I leave my job in about 10 years, I will return to attending church on Sundays or maybe I will find a place that has Saturday services.
Make rest and worship a habit so you can renew, refresh and restore your soul. Whether you do this on a Saturday or Sunday is up to you, the times your church offers services and your work schedule. God understands that there are those of us who need to work Sundays to bring home the bacon so we can pay the bills.
Related Resources: Restoration Year: A 365 Day Devotional by John Eldredge
Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller
SabbathTruth.com – “Everything You Wanted To Know About The Sabbath.”
The Truth About Sabbath? (video) – An opposite view from SabbathTruth.com
Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com