I’ve enjoyed diving into the topic of Sabbath, rest, and play lately. They are topics that I haven’t done much research and studying in and ones I’m being challenged and convicted by. Over the past year, I’ve come to love cycling. At first, I felt guilt for a desire to rest and play, but as I’ve read and prayed more, I realize that my resistance is actually rooted in pride and self-sufficiency. I’m learning to enjoy rest and play as a gift from God. It’s given me opportunities to pray, clear my head and serve my family with fresh strength from the Lord.
This past Sunday, my husband encouraged me to go for a ride on my bike. So, my new friend, Karen (pictured), and I cycled on one of the many beautiful trails in the Nashville area. We fellowshipped and laughed, saw a gigantic deer (I’m not exaggerating. It was extremely tall), and reflected on what the Lord is doing in each of our lives. She shared about her past, how the Lord saved her, and then went on about how much she loves her husband. It was a joy! We enjoyed creation, one another, and got a little workout in. We both left refreshed.
Once I got home, I then jumped in the pool with Thern and our kids—it was a full day of rest and play. I was surprised by how much the rest from Sunday affected my outlook on Monday.
I’ll be sharing more soon about what I’m learning and doing in a larger project, but for now here are a few quotes and a video that I found particularly challenging and helpful.
“Anyone who cannot obey God’s command to observe the Sabbath is a slave, even a self-imposed one. Your own heart, or our materialistic culture, or an exploitative organization, or all of the above, will be abusing you if you don’t have the ability to be disciplined in your practice of Sabbath. Sabbath is therefore a declaration of our freedom. It means you are not a slave—not to your culture’s expectations, your family’s hopes, your medical school’s demands, not even to your own insecurities. It is important that you learn to speak this truth to yourself with a note of triumph—otherwise you will feel guilty for taking time off, or you will be unable to truly unplug.”- Tim Keller.
“There is a symbiotic relationship between work and rest. Of course we know this at one level. We get away from work in order to replenish our bodies and minds. Resting, or practicing Sabbath, is also a way to help us get perspective on our work and put it in its proper place. Often we can’t see our work properly until we get some distance from it and reimmerse ourselves in other activities. Then we see that there is more to life than work. With that perspective and rested bodies and minds, we return to do more and better work.” -Keller.
You can read the entire post here.
Tony Reinke posted the video below today. You will want to grab your kids and take them outside!