If there’s one thing I feel like God is telling me right now it’s the idea of radical rest. It’s been on my mind for a few months now but I knew it was going to be a long distance run kind of thing versus a quick change. So I started pulling back from commitments in the beginning of winter and am just now putting things into motion to start this journey focusing on rest.
Lately I’ve heard so many podcasts on Sabbath and the importance of it and how our culture shies away from this historic practice for fear of being left behind in today’s fast paced world. But John Mark, the pastor of Bridgetown church, recently discussed how this is actually why we need Sabbath more now than ever before. This is how we will be the healthier versions of ourselves that God is calling us to be. If God took the 7th day off to rest then we really have no excuse. But what does rest look like today? And what does it look like as a single person with no family of my own yet?
This is the question I’ve been asking myself for months and I feel like I’m just now getting the answer and I’m really excited and a little nervous about what it all means. So here’s my stance in bullet points:
I’m calling this practice “radical rest” because it will be hard. It’s going to be really hard to put Sabbath into practice and not feel like I’m “lazy” “unproductive” “anti-social” etc. Those are the things I tell myself whenever I’ve decided to rest in the past so why would it change now? I want to start this practice and fight against that negative self talk so I can reap the benefits of this rest and be a healthier, stronger, and guess what, more productive person.
Every Sunday I will Sabbath (unless there is something unavoidable/a trip). For everyone this looks different and for me it will look like completely disconnecting from social media and checking my phone less frequently. I will not make plans with people unless they were already established. I am going to watch minimal TV and spend more time reading, painting, and exercising. And I will also allow myself to just sit and be fine with not constantly doing something. This is a big one for me. I always feel the need to be doing something but I want to really push into the uncomfortable space of just sitting and resting with my thoughts and with God.
Why am I telling you all of this? Partially for accountability (because Lord knows I need it) and partially to see if anyone else is interested in taking this journey with me. I’m excited to push back against the grain and go,go,go of our world and settle in a little bit. Let’s fight back against the marketing and advertisements telling us we need this and if we only did this then we would be happy. At this point don’t we all know that it isn’t true? We’ll always want more and more until we finally just settle and rest with what we have. So I’m just a girl standing in front of the world saying “no thanks” because I’m realizing some of my current habits are really not working.
Do you want to join me?