The art of resetting must include a day of rest each week. Yes, a whole day.
It sounds luxurious in our culture, doesn’t it? One entire day a week set apart to rest our weary souls. One single day in seven when we don’t do the same things we do as we labor the other six days of the week.
That’s the secret of the Sabbath. Cease from labor. Rest. Worship. A whole day with no work, repeated fifty-two times a year. Fifty-two deliberate days of hitting reset with no guilt and no distractions.
Here’s the thing most of us have forgotten: a day of rest isn’t just a suggestion. It’s God’s command for us. His fourth commandment. “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy”.
It’s as if we have been given a great, ancient secret for peace and joy hidden in plain view right there in Exodus 20:8-11. One day a week must be set apart. It is God’s provision for resetting our body, soul and spirit after the other six days of work and all other crazy-making.
I love how this sort of rest is described in Matthew 11:28-30 in The Message:
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Living in the “unforced rhythms of grace” will only happen if we obey God by taking a day of rest each week. Imagine what a fun person you’d be to be around if you weren’t stressed out and exhausted all the time.
Oh, wait. Did I say “you”? I meant me. What a fun person I’d be if I wasn’t so tired all the time. I was preaching to myself there. But if the truth happens to apply to you right now, so much the better. We can walk this path of obedience together. We’re down to only 34 more mandatory days of rest before 2016 comes rolling in. Let’s see how many of those 34 sabbath days we can use as they were intended — 34 opportunities to obey God and practice the art of resetting.