Post by Pete Scazzero
You know you need a Sabbath when:
- The only time you are alone is in the bathroom.
- It takes you over thirty minutes to fall asleep because your mind is racing about things you forgot to do.
- You think rest is standing still in traffic.
- You go to check your e-mail for a moment and are still there an hour later.
- You cannot remember anything you ate the last 3 days.
- You drove upstate for an hour and had so much on your mind that when you arrived, you are not sure how you got there.
- You don’t know what day it is.
- You find yourself jealous and angry when someone else is enjoying life.
- When you can’t remember the last time you sat down to eat breakfast
- When you tweet during movie, text during dinner, read e mail during meetings and classes, and learn about your spouse’s day from Facebook.
Sabbath is as countercultural, radical and prophetic as it was 3500 years ago when God invited the Israelites to stop, rest, delight, and contemplative Him for one 24 hour period each week. Listen to this free sermon I recently gave at New Life on “Sabbath: The Foundation of our Work” from Deuteronomy 5:12-15.
Pete is the Founder and Teaching Pastor/Pastor at Large at New Life Fellowship Church, a large, multiracial, international church with seventy-three countries represented. Pete is the author of two best-selling books: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Nelson, 2006) and The Emotionally Healthy Church (Zondervan, 2010). Connect with Pete on Twitter @PeteScazzero and find out more about Emotionally Healthy Spirituality at http://emotionallyhealthy.org.