A Sabbath in a year.

We were talking about Sabbath on Saturday night in our Sabbath group. I don’t have time or space or energy to capture the whole conversation. But somewhere in the middle of the conversation, I said that many people don’t like the idea of Sabbath because they think it feels legalistic. They start trying to figure out what counts as work and what doesn’t. They start worrying about what other people will think about them. And other people like the idea but they think about how much work they have to do. The idea of taking one day in seven to not do work is too scary, too risky. So those of us in either of those groups don’t work very hard on trying to figure out

But most people I know, who are exhausted by the pace of their schedules, who are afraid of failing, afraid of not measuring up, who are adding busyness to busyness, who are spinning–most people I know in quiet private desperate moments think, “I would love to have a rhythm of life that would let me have one day a week to rest, to disconnect, to help other people, to not worry about what isn’t getting done. I’d love that.”

So instead of thinking about the legalism or the restrictedness or not know what counts as Sabbath or the long list of work that isn’t getting done, try a little exercise. Say, “What could I change to have more space in my life a year from now?”

And then take some time brainstorming.

Go ahead. Now.


I talk about Sabbath, among other things in “Lent for Non-Lent People.

One thought on “A Sabbath in a year.

  1. Hans Schiefelbein

    Jon, you’ve absolutely nailed this one. That is the tension and yours is the perspective for those of us rushing around and not making time for rest. Katie and I are moving toward this.


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