Resting to Win

Recently I caught up with long term pastor Travis Hovde and we discussed his July Sabbatical.

This is something I am very passionate about. Many think of “Sabbath” as a Jewish cultural/spiritual practice or as one of the Ten Commandments. This is only partially correct.

Sabbath goes all the way back to the dawn of creation–long before “Father Abraham” or Moses taking dictation from God on Mt. Sinai.

Sabbath is a one of the laws of the universe and a part of the rhythm of life and to ignore it is no different than trying to ignore gravity–you may survive for a long while, but eventually you will hit bottom and it will be ugly.

In this hectic and ever-increasingly complex and fast-paced culture we live in, everyone (not just preachers) needs Sabbath. I encourage you to take a moment and hear Pastor Hovde out and I’ve also included a few good reads that have been very helpful for me.

Resting to Win

A final thought: our culture will resist you experiencing Sabbath. But remember, everyone is fighting for your time and attention but virtually no one is fighting for you, that is your responsibility. I encourage you to figure out a way to put Sabbath into your life. It may start with a “Sabbath moment” or a “Sabbath hour or half day”, but somehow and someway you’ve got to figure this out.

The ONE THING for today: If you hope to run to win, you’ve got to learn to rest to win.

To learn more about Pastor Travis Hovde and the Eagles Wings Community Fellowship follow them on Facebook: @eagleswingscf or at their website:

Books that I have found helpful in my study and pursuit of living a Sabbath life:

  1. ALLENDER, Dan B., Sabbath: The Ancient Practices
  2. BRUEGGEMANN, Walter, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now
  3. HESCHEL, Abraham Joshua, The Sabbath
  4. KOESSLER, John, The Radical Pursuit of Rest: Escaping the Productivity Trap
  5. WINNER, Lauren, Mudhouse Sabbath: Eleven Spiritual Practices I Learned from Judaism

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