You and your Sabbath

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

I’m going to start with the point and then I’ll back it up from there…

We have to take a break from our work. No matter how much we love it (but especially if we don’t). It’s good for our work. And it’s good for us.

Yes, I’m talking about the Sabbath. No, I’m not trying to get you to be religious. This is timeless practical wisdom, so hear me out…

Right now, Monday is our family day. This is awesome because it’s the day that the rest of the city works, so we can go do fun stuff without the crowds.

But really, it’s the only full day that works for us. Since my wife works with high school students, Saturday is her busy day. Since I do ministerial things, Sunday is a busy day for me. We’re both busy Tuesday through Friday and so, Monday it is.

It’s a luxury that’s working for a short while. Soon, Rory will be in kindergarten and our awesome family Mondays will be no more. (Don’t make me cry right now, okay?)

It’s unconventional, but Monday is our Sabbath. It’s hard enough to take a Sabbath day on Sunday (when it makes sense), but taking it on Monday when the rest of the world is working (and some of that world wants you to work too) is a super-extra challenge.

And it’s a super-extra-duper challenge when you actually enjoy your work like my wife and I do. Keeping myself away from my work is like lifting a damn elephant off of my chest (albeit a tiny one, because my current bench press standing is meager at best).

You don’t have to be religious to benefit from the age-old spiritual refreshment that comes from taking a Sabbath day.

A day that proclaims to the world — but more importantly, to yourself — that you are not a slave to your work.

(We can take this suuuper deep because we can start asking ourselves what we’re slaves to — our phones, our diets, our habits, our self-doubt, etc. — but I’ll keep this missive short.)

Call it a Sabbath. Or just a weekly day off. Whatever you name it, it’s not easy for the ego.

But in order to put out the work that best represents you and live a worthwhile life, the soul needs to breathe.

Yes, it’s a challenge, but it’s one worth fighting for.