J.B. Wood is a business exec who writes about the challenges of integrating his spiritual life with his professional life in corporate America. When I saw his post entitled “Six Ways to Take Your Micro-Sabbatical,” I knew it was something I needed to ponder.
You see, I come from a family of workaholics. “Industria” is the motto on the Peel coat of arms, which makes me think the tendency to overwork has characterized our family for generations.
Don’t get me wrong; I love my work. It’s what God created me to do. It uplifts and energizes me. But like many people I know, my work can easily consume me. I need to engrave Psalm 127:1-2 in my mind. Maybe you can relate.
Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
When we can't walk away from our work in order to rest as God ordained, we diminish our ability to be productive, We also have an arrogant attitude toward God because, in essence, we think that we are in control and can handle things better than He can. We have forgotten that our work is His work, and He is our ultimate boss.
God calls us to work in different ways to serve His purposes. He also calls us to rest. Regular rest from our work is vital to our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It’s also vital to relationships with others and to the quality of our work itself.
Here are ideas from J. B. Wood on how to put a little Sabbath in our lives.
Take a day off. How about an entire day just for You-Time!
Schedule time for nothing. Wouldn’t it be great if you saw that your next appointment was a “Chill Sesh?”.
Start a practice of daily meditation. You will become much more productive when you start your day with a sense of focused calm.
Retreat to nature. A few days secluded in the wilderness can provide the ideal escape from the grind to reflect on life in a completely relaxed, unstructured setting.
Get physical. The circulation of your blood and muscles might be just the thing to get your mind disengaged, in order to re-engage.
Take in a seminar. Although many companies are cutting back on “non-essential” travel expenses such as professional education, there are still plenty of opportunities to get out of the office and learn something new.
And while you’re sitting there, don’t be afraid to daydream. It may turn out to be the smartest thing you’ve done all year.
Read the entire article at The Shrinking Camel.