Huh? Wow! That seems wrong. (True…but wrong.)
After spending a quarter of a century as a “driven” pastor, I am thankful that a collection of board and staff members, friends, text mentors, retreat leaders…and mostly God…have helped me experience a fresh, free way to “be” with God. I’m not sure why I didn’t learn these things in seminary!
Don’t get me wrong. I’m still a learner in this area. Still recovering. Seems to me that it will always be so. The spiritual disciplines that I am now making a regular part of my life have a different feel to them than anything I’ve ever “done.” They aren’t tasks to master. They are experiences to live out…adventures with no stopping place…but a very real “destination”…the presence of our loving God.
As a leadership team, the board and staff of KidZ At Heart have been discussing how to practice spiritual disciplines that will allow God to speak into our ministry and our shared spiritual leadership. One of our desires at this time is to practice Sabbath rest. (Sabbath is one of those concepts that professional ministry leaders forgot long ago in our business to “put on” church.)
For some, Sabbath seems like a “burden” that was lifted in Christ. Paul even tells us: “Do not let anyone judge you…with regard to…a Sabbath day” (Col 2:16). But our desire is not to be religious observers of a “rule” that will “earn” us God’s favor.
Rather, we lean on Jesus’ explanation: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” (Mk 2:27). Taking that regular rest away from ministry, work, striving, achieving…is God’s design for health.
It’s God’s design for us to have a special space to be with our beloved Daddy. And it is a good time!
No…I don’t claim to have arrived. But I’m far enough along to be very, very excited about what practicing spiritual disciplines has begun to do in my life. So…all I have to say to you, my friend, is… “I once was blind, but now I see.” Join me in the journey!