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Jan
01

Taking Myself Out

John Tilton

Scripture
"By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done." (Genesis 2:2-3)
Observation
Sabbath. On the seventh day God finished His work and rested. In addition, He commanded that it be holy. I know God's commandment of honoring the Sabbath and resting. Like me, how many of us find ourselves breaking the Sabbath or infringing on the Sabbath. I don't think it's a matter of not wanting to rest, relax and get deeper into the Word, but rather it's a feeling that certain things have to be done that day, things won't get done on time or I won't meet expectations.
Application
Yes, I admit I've not taken a Sabbath at times or infringed on what was to be a Sabbath. On Christmas day, I remember not feeling the urge to do any work or chores. I did feel guilty, but ooh it felt good to jus "veg." I know it's a matter in my mind and my choice. I think what makes it harder is that I actually feel a sense of accomplishment each time I get an assignment, chore or responsibility done. It's that drive that makes me feel like I have to keep up with things. Usually, that adrenalin drive keeps me going, but I must admit that I've had recent days of being on the verge of fatigue or feeling overwhelmed with the things I feel committed to do and accomplish. I often feel as though I'll let people, peers and family down. Today's scripture does convict me. What comes to mind is that if I don't prioritize that which I want to do and my Sabbath, that I may take myself out of the game of life and ministry by burning myself out. I just figured out that there are two ways that may take myself out of the game. The first is like a player who knows he is exhausted and needs to recoup, or knows he is injured and needs a moment to have his conditioned checked signals to the sidelines that he's coming out. The second would be being helped or carried of the field because my exhaustion or injury impeded my play. I actually know the answer of needing to faithfully take a Sabbath. I just need to figure out when and how to do it and not feel like I'm falling back in obligations and responsibilities.
Prayer
Lord, I know your word, and you know my DNA of being driven to meet expectations my whole life. I used to feel that it was that drive that helped me with success, however, your word is clear that if I continue to stay on the track at high speeds, I may crash or run out of gas on the track. Lord, please keep me the wisdom of prioritizing and working smarter to lessen my load of obligations and responsibilities. Please suppress the feeling in me that I need to meet everyone's expectations as well as my own in this new year of 2009. Let me be smarter in my schedule and savor my Sabbath times.

Devotions for January 01

Genesis 1,2
Luke 1

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