“Oh Mama, pleeeassse can we watch another episode of Doctor Who? Please? Just ONE more … then story time.”
My darlings so badly wanted to spend some more time on that couch with me. It was cosy and familial and wonderful.
“I’m sorry, my love, but I have to work.” (One day, when they write their autobiographies, this will be the title. I’d wager money on it if I had any).
“It’s Sunday Night! Can’t your client wait until tomorrow?”
“The work is already overdue. I have to finish it tonight. It’s hours of work and it’s already late. I really should get to it now and not debate the issue with you.” (It’s just so warm and snuggly under the blanket, a daughter on either side and a fire gently snoring in the hearth. I’d rather be debating bed times than working, it’s true).
All at once, something new glinted in her eye. “When were the deadlines?” Her tone is innocent, curious. Even so, something about those expressive eyes causes me to pay attention.
“Well … three weeks ago,” I confess.
“Huh.” She pauses. “You know how you complain about your clients not paying you … ?”
There it is.
“I’m just saying,” she says, as she skips off to bed.
Yep. Just saying everything in no words at all.
(Full disclosure: the clients who haven’t paid HAVE received their work already. This poor unfortunate has been at the receiving end of the stress-paralysis induced by the malefactors. Just to be clear ;))
The biggest problem I face at the moment is lack of time. Oh, and exploding cars. But that’s another story. Since I’ve been tithing regularly, I find that our ends seem to meet so much more easily. It doesn’t make sense, but there it is. So I’ve been wondering whether the same is true of time as it is of money. I’ve done a LOT of research online recently (and lots in the Word over the past number of years). Online, there are about a million conflicting theories, but I thought I’d add my simple thoughts on the subject as I start getting ready for our family’s own Sabbath observances:
- God created the Sabbath at creation, and intended for all mankind to keep it.
- The Sabbath was (and is) on a Saturday.
- Nowhere in the Bible is there any indication that we should stop sabbathing.
- The Jewish law has harsh penalties for not keeping the Sabbath:
- We’re not Jewish, so perhaps the penalties are less harsh, if they exist.
- But just because the penalties aren’t there and perhaps the manner of observance is less strict, doesn’t mean the Sabbath itself ceases to exist.
- The point of the Sabbath is to rest. To not work.
- Sundays are still Church days, because with the way our lives are going that can actually be classed as “work”.
Where I’m going with this is that I am going to take a step of faith: for one day of each week I won’t work. I’ll do outreach or worship if the opportunity arises, but other than that I’m going to take it easy and spend time with my family. I’m nervous about it because it means I have 14.28%* less time each week to get all my work done. I hope it doesn’t result in 14.28% less income. Or 14.28% more missed deadlines. But I have faith that it’ll actually be good for our family, and for me. And in fact I think I’ll start getting more work done in the time available.
Here’s an article
I’ve found very useful on the subject, which has the following summary:
12 Biblical Concepts on how to keep the Sabbath
- The Sabbath is a day to cease our creating, working with the creation and appreciate what God has done in the world and is doing in us. Genesis 2
- Elaborate food preparation is to be done on the day before the Sabbath so that there is no baking or major cooking on the Sabbath. Exodus 16
- The Sabbath is a time to lay our burdens down and rest. We should not do any servile work on the Sabbath. This includes our entire family, even our servants and beasts of burden and strangers who live among us. Jeremiah 17; Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5
- The Sabbath is an holy convocation. We should meet and worship with others. Leviticus 23
- We should be reverent and show God that we love, honor and respect His authority. Psalms 89:7, Habakkuk 2:20
- The Sabbath should be a day of delight and rejoicing, a day which we forsake our thoughts and words for God’s thoughts and words. Isaiah 56, 58
- The Sabbath is a time of healing. Matthew 12, Mark 1, 3, Luke 13-14
- We are not to buy or sell on the Sabbath. Nehemiah 13
- The Sabbath is a time to do good and visit and comfort the sick. We should do spiritual work on the Sabbath, serving others. John 5
- The Sabbath is a time of prayer. Acts 16:13
- The Sabbath is a time to reason with others about spiritual principles and for ministers to teach the word of God. Acts 17:2, 18:4, 11
- The Sabbath is a time for Singing. Ephesians 5:19-20, Colossians 3:16, Psalms 92 is called the “Sabbath Psalm”