Only advocating for a “Quiet Time” limits our understanding of how God wants to form and shape us towards Christ-likeness.
There’s no way around it. If you want to observe a Sabbath and reap all its associated benefits, you’re going to have to plan for it.
Outside of regular Bible reading/study and prayer, observing a Sabbath is the most transformational discipline you can undertake. But our associations of a Sabbath are mostly negative.
An inter-generational, multi-cultural group of people radically committed to life together, consensus building, the common good, and loving disagreement (like the church is meant to be) could be an overwhelming force for good during this season.
Our (white people’s) willingness to engage in conversations about police brutality, systemic racism, and white supremacy now has many of even the most optimistic of our black friends wondering, “Why now?” For us, the last month has represented a watershed moment. For them, it’s another horrible reminder of the day-to-day realities of systemic racism.
Our friendship with this couple made me re-consider my whole concept of joy. Joy wasn’t acting happy even when things were difficult. Joy wasn’t the product of forced effort in spite of authentic feelings. There was something else to it.
I’m two weeks in to my life-rule experiment. Time for a check-in.
Actually taking the step of inviting the Lord into a conversation about how you want to prioritize and organize your life is a terrible decision. All kinds of change follows.