Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Accountability can be a difficult thing when you are the only one holding yourself accountable. It is so easy to explain away, justify or make excuses to myself for why I am not doing what I said I was going to do.
However, if I tell another person what I am going to do and he or she holds me accountable, those excuses don’t come off my lips so easily. And, subsequently, I find myself following through with my commitment.
The same can be true for observing the Sabbath or taking Sabbath moments. If I am the only one who knows that this is my intention, then I can fudge a bit. However, if I tell another person about my intention or better yet invite that person to observe it with me, then keeping Sabbath becomes far more likely.
What about you? Are you more apt to do something when you are accountable to another person?
So often, I hear the longing in people’s excuses when they say they really want to take a Sabbath or enjoy a Sabbath moment but just can’t seem to hold themselves to it. There is an ache, a hunger and a deep need for this type of rest. And yet we just can’t seem to make it happen or give ourselves permission to participate in this life-giving respite.
Why not enlist a Sabbath partner to explore ways to observe the commandment to rest and refresh yourself? The Sabbath was not meant to be a solitary activity. It was a communal time of worship, fellowship, food and fun where no one worked and every one rested.
Attending church may fulfill this for you but in my experience church can be an hour wedged between work, committee meetings and chores. If that is how your Sundays must be, then find a time to set aside for Sabbath rest with a friend or friends and reclaim the true essence of a time of renewal.
We were not made for Sabbath, remember, Sabbath was made for us. It was made for our health, well-being and balance. As a great scholar once said, “it is not we that keep the Sabbath but the Sabbath that keeps us.”
“These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.” Psalm 42. 4