Learn To Rest – Digital Sabbath Series
During the week we watch our kids watch us on our phones and computers. We’re always on them. And while it’s great to work and be productive, and to model that to our kids, we all need time to rest and play. Time away from emails and messages and phones calls. No phones in our hands, computers switched off. Time to come together with family and friends and live deeply and fully. We want to be more present IN the moment rather than captivated by technology.
Charles Spurgeon said:
“Rest time is not wasted time. It is economy to gather fresh strength… it is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less.”
By practicing Sabbath, we’re participating an act of resistance and an alternative way to the dominant culture that insists wealth accumulation, reputation, activity, business and productivity are our primary markers of success.
We’d love for you to join us in this subversive act. Be deliberate with your life. Work hard by all means, yes. We do, too. But understand that your value lies not in what you achieve, but in who you ARE. Loved, and in love.
One of my greatest concerns is that if we don’t learn to rest; if we don’t learn how to be still and sit around a campfire, or a coffee table, or by the ocean, and tell stories and jokes and laugh and hug and cry… if we don’t invest in the things that make us human, we might begin to lose sight of each other. Even more so than we already have. We’ll run out of room to dream and hope and wonder about God, life, others, and love.
Rest is not a dirty, lazy, shameful word. It doesn’t reveal weakness. In fact, learning how to rest will become your great strength. There is much for you to do in this life. There is enough work to go around to keep us going for eternity. But if we rest, learn to gather our strength, love well, laugh and heal and share and sleep, we’ll have the strength we need for the days ahead.
Rest well, dear friends,
Lizzy (and Jesse).