I remember years ago counseling with a couple in which the husband was a bit of a “control freak”. I coached him on how he had to learn to be flexible and giving. I reminded him that life can’t be all about performance and to-do lists. I reminded him that people are not robots; they have opinions, ideas, desires, etc. Well, you get the picture.
Finally, when I had finished my little speech, I asked him, “So what are you going to do about this?”
He thought a minute and said, “I guess I’m going to have to start scheduling spontaneity into my life.”
I couldn’t help but laugh—schedule spontaneity?
But there is one lesson that can be learned from the man’s answer: you can schedule fun, rest, play into your life.
Matter of fact, God commands it—it’s called “Sabbath”.
I’ve walked us through some principles for working effectively this week, principles learned from God during his week of creating the Universe.
But don’t miss the last thing God created; he created (scheduled) time for rest and enjoying the fruit of our labor. (Genesis 2:2-3)
- The ONE THING for today: Your work is not over until your work has been translated into fun.
Life can’t always be about producing. Not only must we learn when to go to the time clock and punch out; there must be time scheduled in our lives when we completely tune out and get on a whole new wavelength—a wavelength called “Sabbath rest”.
Years ago, American Express had an advertisement campaign that had this tag: “American Express, don’t leave home without it.”
Well, God ended his creation work week by saying: “Sabbath, don’t work without it.”
Genesis 2:2-3 (NKJV)
2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.