Dear TLS Community,
Have a break!
When we were choosing our chapel dates at the start of the year, I chose Week 7 as it was based on the theme of The Third Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath Day by keeping it Holy.” Having grown up attending Lutheran Primary and Secondary Schools and going to Church most Sundays, I thought this would be a good theme for our chapel service as I knew all about it. We learned about the Ten Commandments in school and at confirmation lessons we even memorised Luther’s explanation about the Commandments. I had this down pat, I thought.
I knew that the Sabbath day should be a day of worship and rest. Sounds good in theory. But who has time to have a whole day off? We live in busy times and we always have things to do. Surely having a whole day off every week is a waste of too much time. I would go to Church on Sunday morning but then use the rest of my Sunday to catch up on cleaning, planning and marking. But as I planned our Chapel service over the past week with my class, a few things became clear to me. Sabbath, by definition, is ‘The first day of the week, Sunday, observed as the day of rest and worship in most forms of Christianity.’ So not only should we use Sunday as an opportunity to worship God, but also as a day to rest. No cleaning, no planning, no marking. The Third Commandment is a command from God to stop what we’re doing and have a break.
It is tempting to be involved in everything, know everything and be everywhere. Technology has only exacerbated this as it provides us with the opportunity to immediately access information whenever we want it. But this isn’t God’s will. He wants us to stop and spend time with Him.
So I gave it a go last Sunday. I spent my whole day resting and spending time with God. I’ll admit, it was difficult to sit still and try to relax while my brain was going over and over all the things that I needed to do. I thought that surely this day of rest was going to result in an excruciatingly stressful Monday as I would have even more work to catch up on.
But you know what? Monday morning came and I felt less stressed than ever. I had given myself the time to unwind and spend some time with God and this resulted in me approaching my ‘to-do’ list on Monday with a clear and calm mindset.
God wants us to, for one day a week, withdraw from work and rest – even if it can’t be a Sunday. Have a go, even if you are incredibly busy. Dedicate that day to spending time with God and worshiping Him. Start your week off right by getting back to what is really important: honouring God.
God’s richest blessings for the week ahead,
Carlene Chinner, Year 3/4 teacher.
Dear TLS Community,