How Do You Observe The Sabbath?


Recently we made an adjustment to our Sunday schedule. We decided to have Computer Free Sundays. For many Christians Sunday is considered the Sabbath day. As a family we have always tried to observe a day of rest but this is a radical change for me.

Linda came up with the idea soon after I started this blog. I really struggled with this because I live behind my PC. And right now I am excited obsessed about this blog. I can hardly find the time to post! I need to tweak this or that! It has taken all my will power not to turn on my computer and check my TweetDeck on Sundays.

But, you know what? This last Sunday was one of the best family days we have had in a long time. We went with Linda’s sister and her parents to a local river and floated and played around for several hours. It was a lot of fun for the kids and a relaxing for all of us.

Normally I would think about getting back home so I could check in on the online world or work on my latest post. But, since it was Computer Free Sunday, I was able to leave that behind and relax on my float on the river with my daughters and nieces and nephews.

The 4th of the Ten Commandments says:

Exodus 20:8-11(NIV)
Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 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, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

I am the first to admit I do not know how God’s ways work or why they work. But I can see in the covenant around the Ten Commandments that God said we are blessed if we keep them and cursed if we do not.

We are not religious about this. The Sabbath does not have to be Saturday or Sunday. We just need to take time to rest and remember that our efforts are nothing without God’s help.

Sunday Linda got a text from her boss for an editing job she volunteers at. He was asking her to get some work to him that morning. My first reaction was, “No! It is Computer Free Sunday!”

Then she read me the rest of his text. He knew about our Sunday changes and and said, “Don’t tell Billy but the ox is in the ditch.” The “ox in the ditch” statement is a reference to Jesus’ words in Luke 14:5 where He says, “If one of you has a son or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull him out?”

I tried hard to come up with a clever reply to her boss but he stumped me with that one!

Saturday I did an extra Freedom post and scheduled it to post on Sunday while we were at the river. I have been concerned about posting every day so that my blog will stay updated and visitors will grow. Sunday I had the highest number of visitors on a single day to this blog since I started. This blew me away! God has a way of helping me see that His ways are HIGH above mine.

How do you observe the Sabbath? Let me know your thought or ideas on what it means to you.

4 comments to How Do You Observe The Sabbath?

  • Erin Dotson

    Bill was raised in a Seventh Day Adventist home so he was brought up as a strict Sabbath-keeper. He said he felt like it was punishment – can’t play, can’t ride bikes, can’t do anything! So, we have spent a lot of time figuring out what the Sabbath was intended to mean and what it means to us. We try hard not to work on the Sabbath unless it is enjoyable family work. Now I have NEVER convinced the family that cleaning the garage was enjoyable family work so I mean things like planting flowers or making homemade pizza’s. We work hard to be together and we celebrate the traditional Sabbath of Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset. I have a great book called “Sabbath – finding rest, renewal and delight in our busy lives” which is a great discussion regarding what the Sabbath is in this crazy world! I will try to find it and pass it on to you! Just as a side note – I used the “ox in the ditch” statement too when Bill and I first got married. Thanks for your words, I have enjoyed them!

    • Billy

      Erin, thanks for sharing your story. It is interesting to hear the different ways we all work things out in life. I love homemade pizza. If you combine that with cleaning the garage you may be able to find some helpers outside the family. ;-)

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