No, I’m not starting a new church. Our pastor calls us forth day adventist because we celebrate Sabbath on Wednesday.
For years, I made noise over on The Generous Husband about the importance of Sabbath. I knew it, but I was not living it. The final conviction came from reading Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: It’s Impossible to Be Spiritually Mature, While Remaining Emotionally Immature (an excellent, life altering book – read at your own risk!). So, fifteen months ago Lori and I decided it was time to live this.
The problem is Sunday is not a day of rest for us. This was even more true back then. We looked at our scheduled and decided Wednesday was a better day. Since then we’ve done a real day off every single Wednesday. No hard physical work, and no on-line work other than checking comments (because a nasty comment can easily smell as bad as a dead ox in a well!). I’ve fudged by less than an hour once, and Lori not at all. We take our rest seriously! We spend time with friends, we go have coffee together, we have some afternoon delight, we rest, and we play. We have a Wednesday gathering with other Christians, so we get worship, prayer, and study too.
More than a year later, I have no idea how we survived so long without a day of rest. The difference it’s made in our lives is far greater than I imagined possible. We look forward to our Sabbath, and we feel rested and recharged afterwards. Having to have certain things done before Wednesday has taught me to plan and scheduled better. It’s given my life a healthy rhythm, and made me feel so much better about pretty much everything- including my marriage.
If you don’t have a real day of rest, I urge you to pray about getting one. Not just you, your whole family. I know how difficult it is to come to a full stop in our busy modern lives. If you’re too busy to take a Sabbath you really need it! I spent years modifying my life so a day of rest was possible. I had to cut back on certain things and get rid of a few others. Basically, I had to cut back to a sane level of activity, which is something we should all do anyway.
BTW, if you think it’s not possible to have Sabbath on Wednesday, check out Romans 14:5.
~ Paul – I’m XY, and I’m learning how to rest!