The Anatomy of a Sabbath
For about 2 years, I've been on a path of learning about the gift of Sabbath. And I tend to get on a soapbox when talking about it. I hesitate to say it because I'm pretty sure it sounds over the top...but Sabbath has been my saving grace in ministry.
I get asked quite a bit about what I do on Sabbath. The question in and of itself always amuses me because it's such a reflection of our culture. At its core, Sabbath is not about what we do but who we are. But...for whatever its worth...here's what I did today.
I'm experimenting with a new form of Sabbath. One that starts on sundown on Sundays and ends sundown on Mondays. There will be weeks here and there where it shifts, but that's the general spot on the calendar where it lands.
It began with friends, food, and football. That's a form of celebration for me. This morning, I spent 4 hours on my porch connecting with God, reviewing the previous week, and reading the Psalms and John Ortberg's The Me I Want to Be (which I highly recommend). Then, I introduced my friend Jenilee to the movie The Sixth Sense. Sound odd for a day of spiritual discipline? I love the artistry and cinematography of that movie...and that makes me appreciate that God is creative and has made us creative people. Next on the agenda was miniature golf followed by basketball. And we topped off the day picking up some new books and the bookstore and a burger from Five Guys.
What will I do next Sabbath? I have no idea. Whatever I want to do and what brings me closer to God. It usually involves some combination of friends, food, and fun.