I'm just a college student looking to encourage people to love Jesus Christ above all.
Yesterday I took a much needed Sabbath. I was reminded of how important taking a day to rest, relax, play, and pray is. God set the example for us of taking one day out of the week to rest. If God took a day of rest then we, His creation, created in His image, should not assume that taking a day of rest is not important. Here are ten suggestions I have for taking a Sabbath:
1. Do what you need to do to re-energize yourself. This may look different for different people. If you are an introvert (such as myself) then spending time by yourself with a good book does wonders for your soul (but don’t neglect the importance of fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ who do not drain you). If you are an extrovert then spend time hanging out with friends (but don’t neglect the importance of spending time alone with God in silence and solitude). Do what you need to do to re-energize yourself.
2. Stay away from your phone.
3. Spend time with God (in prayer and reading the Bible).
4. Stay away from your phone.
5. If you are in school, as tempting as it may be, don’t do homework. I love reading. But I need to make sure that what I am reading on the Sabbath is not homework related and not intellectually demanding.
6. Stay away from your phone.
7. Go to a park with a friend and throw a football or frisbee around (make sure this is a friend who is life-giving and not life-draining).
8. Stay away from your phone.
9. Go on a prayer walk for an hour or two (or however long necessary).
10. Stay away from your phone.
11. Know that taking a Sabbath (especially in our highly competitive, hard-working, fast-paced, individualistic culture) is not natural and takes practice. Therefore, learn what taking a Sabbath will look like for you. This means some Sabbaths will be more successful than others. It takes time and practice.
12. Stay away from your phone (do you see a theme here?).
These are just a few suggestions that I personally find helpful. Everyone’s Sabbath will look different. It is all about doing what you need to do to refuel.
“2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”