Last Friday, the Lord led me to take a Sabbath. It started with the goal of staying off of my computer for the entire day, which was a challenge in itself, but thankfully became a day free from work altogether.
A big part of my personality is running ahead of God and thinking that he is behind me, not in front of me. I've learned that I tend to see God's hand clearly, but then seek to accomplish his will through my own strength. I stepped into this Sabbath with the goal of resting from this broken and false line of reasoning, and taking on activities that showed that the world did not depend on me to move forward.
I detailed the inside of our SUV, washed and waxed my scooter (don't laugh, okay you can laugh), went for a bike ride, and did some yard work. I wanted to stay outside for as long as possible to avoid a twitter update or an email or facebook check.
Most Sabbath-ish days are more hybrid work/rest days, which turn into work days. Worse, my attitude never gets the correction it needs. The false belief that God needs me and depends on me is allowed room to breathe.
At this point in my ministry career, it's no longer about doing it all--it's about doing what God's called me to with most of my time and energy. I'm transitioning from a generalist to a specialist, and part of that transition is resting and saying no to things that as a generalist I would have said yes to. I'm hoping to incorporate more true Sabbath days into this year to continue to battle against my flesh and my false thoughts.