(I apologize at the beginning for the delay in getting this post live.)
I wanted to talk about what some steps toward Sabbath might look like for you. As I have stated before, I tend to shoot for universal, systematic change too quickly and I am learning to try to focus on incremental change, especially if traditions and processes are firmly established.
1. Start small, but challenge the status quo.
What would it look like for you to change the way you spend one morning or afternoon on your day(s) off? Adjusting a time when you do errands and being “productive”/catching up and making a time for quiet, rest, or your favorite hobby? Challenging what is “normal” for you is harder than you think, but a small intentional shake-up can create momentum.
2. Consistency is more important than inconsistent large quantity.
Build from that small step incrementally at a pace and level that you can sustain consistently. If Sabbath for you needs to look like Saturday mornings for the next month, then do that. You will be doing more than most, but use that as inspiration and motivation, not a blessing to stop there. The only habits you keep are the ones you can sustain with consistency. That’s a “duh” moment, but we aren’t always as sharp as we give ourselves credit for.
3. Do things that make you stronger, that renew you.
Spending time with friends renews me, while it zaps my wife, Dani. When it comes to the weekend, I would love to have a full social calendar. Her dream is often an empty one. Different things renew our strength. So, I need to go hang out with my buddies. She needs to nap and to read. Do what works for you, but keep Sabbath for Sabbath.
4. Ask someone who knows you well to give you some direction.
Many of us are afraid to seek insight from those who know us best. Because we know that they know the truth and we know they will make us deal with it. So, if you don’t want to hear it, don’t ask. Keep burning yourself out and keep complaining that you hate the way you are living your life. If you want to change, then seek the counsel of some you know, someone you trust. Maybe your movement will inspire them in a similar way.
Look for a post Friday afternoon about some resources for you to explore Sabbath further.