I shared on Sunday night about a question that I think is important in this discussion of Sabbath. I asked “What are some roadblocks that stand in the way of your making Sabbath a discipline in your life?”
As you wrestle with this question, I have been dealing with it myself. I see several barriers in my own life.
1. Boundaries. I read a book several years ago which was very challenging and instructive. It was titled Boundaries, and it was written by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend. They talk about the importance of setting healthy boundaries in all areas of your life and taking control of what’s your responsibility. The area where this is a biggest struggle is maintaining boundaries between personal time and church-related work since so much of my social network falls into both categories – personal friends and church members. This is an area I need to work on. It’s hard to engage Sabbath when you don’t take a hard line on boundaries.
2. Essential or critical roles. In several places in my life, I am doing things that others could be doing. Because of this I have been serving in roles that I am not best suited for, and I need to step out and create space for someone else to step in. Because of this, I haven’t been able to give attention to what only I can do or what I can do better than anyone else on my team. It’s hard to engage Sabbath when you are doing too much.
3. Transition. I am in the midst of a significant life transition. I won’t be in school this fall for the first time since I was wearing pull-ups. It’s been over 20 years. And that transition is causing me to re-assess and rethink a lot of things. I am having to learn a new way of life. I knew how to create space for Sabbath amidst the school, work and personal life. But now that there’s no school, it is a different ball game. This is going to be a roadblock I have to work through over the next few months.
What about you? What’s a roadblock standing in your way? Is it legitimate and what would it take for it to be removed?
Tomorrow we will talk about what it takes to start making something happen here. Small steps with big impact.