Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Monday, October 05, 2009

Don't get so caught up...

You know I'm busy when I don't blog... I'm changing some things in my life...

This Sunday our pastor preached about the 4th commandment, honoring the Sabbath. Some people believe you can make it any day you want, for instance, it would not be a great idea if our Youth Pastor decided that Sunday was his "sabbath". Not really all that great of an idea for me either...

I've been struggling with it ever since I heard the message. Not because I was convicted (because I wasn't) but because I thought I should have been. What could I give up? Nothing. Really...

I've decided that I am where I am supposed to be. I'm thankful I've made time in the morning for God, that He is how I start my day... And I am reading Colossians and today I read:
Col 2:8 8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ
Col 2:16 16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.

I am certainly not saying that I don't need to rest, but what I am saying is that I guess for me, I've got to go as I am called. I've got to live this life as God intended, to rest in Him, not so much on any given day but to rely on Him for grace, love, and strength. I am not saying that the Word of God spoken in Exodus 20 is not relevent because it certainly is, however, I must not get so wrapped up in it that I forget to listen to His voice.

Psalms 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."


Matthew said...

Interesting observation.

It fits well with Mark 2:27 "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath."

If your journey is currently filled with daily connections to Him, resting in His Word, Prayer, etc. I think you are enjoying your "Sabbaths" throughout the week.

Perhaps when we find ourselves caught up in worldly things and we start to lose sight of Him is when it's critical to reconnect ... and perhaps during those parts of the journey we need to make sure we take a day aside for Him.

Ever read the book "Practicing the Presence of God"? ... I wonder if someone as connected to Him on a minute by minute basis like brother Lawrence observed the Sabbath ... I would love to hear his perspective because he was in constant connection with Him throughout the day.

Thanks for sharing

Constance said...

Our Pastor mentioned this on Sunday. He reminded us of the Creation and how God "rested" on the 7th day. It wasn't that God needed to rest, he IS God after all. He modeled for us the rhythm of life, we work but we need to rest as well. I sometimes think we turn the volume up in our lives and our engines are revving and then we wonder why we don't hear from God. he is speaking to us but can't hear Him b/c of all of the busyness in our lives. I love a quote our Pastor shared 2 weeks ago, I can't remember the source,
"Intentionally and ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life"! Hurry is more than just being busy, hurry is the state of our souls!