First and above all else the Barnabas Men give our continued prayers to those across the country under the wrath of the hurricanes, flooding, fires, and other turmoil amidst their state’s locations. Which brings me to this Sunday morning, usually the day for Todd, but yesterday he stepped in to fill for me while i was out of town with Sam. Over the last few years I have been very diligent with my schedule and planning. In fact, i typically plan out up to 4 weeks most events for work and family without missing an appointment or responsibility. Pre-week planning is key to staying rested, and getting responsibilities completed.
“ ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Dt 5:12–15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
We have always heard sermons and messages on preserving the SABBATH (One day of the week where you get your FULL Rest) but I’m thinking about something a little more forgiving than FULL Rest. As we know, Christ abolished the Old Testament Law via His path and death on the cross, followed by His conquering Death He has “OVERCOME” all things of the old and we live ANEW in Him. (We can NEVER fulfil the 10 commandments while we are still living within our sin stained world and skin). No, I am not speaking of today of just “preserving your rest day” and “planning well”. Every so often, I’m suggesting just let go completely and wing it.
Yes, I understand i am an advocate for Pre-Week Planning AND Full REST on a sabbath but TIME FLYS. As I was watching my son yesterday blow through AMMO (Over 300 rounds I figure) as shot Dove and skeet at a friendly ranch… it just hit me …. TIME FLYS. He’s 13 now and I have not had enough of the moments and breaks and simple fun that I wanted yet. There has to be some days where we just let go of the schedule, let go of the sabbath, let go of the structure and wing it. “Drop the ball” if you will and just do what comes to the moment.
At our house this morning, this means waking up late, watching a little news with a coffee cup filled by the kiddos and then morning movies…. Eating breakfast at 11:30 AM and with no shame… Why not? I am rested, I am tired, I am excited, and I am wishful for those under my care to know they HAVE ME when they WANT ME and I am available to make THEM know they matter. Only one person will be over my spouse and His name is CHRIST. Next to her are my children and then my job and then my church and then my community. BUT TIME FLYS…. we have to make a habit of NOT making a habit of pure structure… heck, if you have to … plan a day that is called “no plans” …. however you want to do it just know it is GOOD to be free and GREAT to have a day where there is no agenda and ALL your loved ones know it. THAT is a GOOD SABBATH!
Watch below and try to catch the SMILE on Sam’s face after the third shot… Time Flys…