Good Evening, God
You do communicate in the most amazing ways. This morning I was doing the Tuesday Mindful BrainDance in my office. While stretching on the floor my eye was “caught” by a small booklet at the bottom of one of my plastic bins. It was titled God’s Love and Our Rest.
It was a booklet that I had written in 2004. And it made that point that keeping the Sabbath holy was the PIVOTAL commandment. To keep it you really have to have ONLY YOU as God in our lives. YOU, not our careers, not our self image, not our cultures expectations, etc. That is hard. Well, without Your help, it is impossible.
The booklet pointed out that getting a full day of rest each week would make us less tired. And I covet/shop more when I am tired. I am also much more inclined to curse instead of blessing. Hm all those other commandments come to mind.
But the reason I am writing now is the memory that just came to me from a talk by Archibald Hart. He said that being BUSY builds a “wall” around our brain’s pleasure center. After a time it takes something “special” to get over that wall — special as in an affair, some high risk activity, gambling, etc.
In his counseling he would say “bring in your calendar” you are going to eliminate half of what you are doing. And if the person did that then about six month later they could again enjoy the small simple joys of life.
YIKES!!! Putting those two concept together explained most of what I see going on in our world today. Not having protected (By You, God) REST . . . leads to lives that become out of control.
I’m sitting here thinking of how vulnerable we humans are. We are such easy prey to temptation and to social pressure. I am going to ask Your help in imagining how I might keep the Sabbath.