I love our church and our church family… but today my wife and I made the decision not to go to church. Actually, we made the decision Saturday night.
It’s not that we didn’t want to go… but we’ve had a really busy schedule lately, we’re all exhausted, and a few of us are doing our best to fight off different colds and sicknesses. We thought it would be best to sleep in and then do some cleaning around the house that we’ve been neglecting.
So, that’s what we did.
I slept until 9:30 am. It was awesome. I actually woke feeling refreshed. My wife got up about the same time and we were able to spend a half hour enjoying some coffee (hot chocolate for her) and conversation. Then we got our girls up to get some things done.
Cleaning is always easier with music… so to start I said, “Hey Google… play Casting Crowns everywhere.” Just like that music filled both levels of our house and we all got to work.
I found myself humming and singing along. In between picking things up, my daughters were doing dance moves and turns. My focus became the kitchen. I cleaned the sink and began hand washing some pots and pans.
It was then that it hit me. Even though we weren’t in church we were worshipping. We were listening to God’s word through song. We were singing, dancing, and praising God together.
The morning was capped off with a late brunch where we could all sit down and eat at the table. I don’t think I could’ve scripted a better morning.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. – Matthew 18:20 NIV
I had the week between Christmas and New Year’s off. It was a fun, (somewhat) relaxing time. There were many different events and parties to attend. It was a week where if asked at any given time what day it was… that I’d be hard-pressed to give the correct answer.
Then it was back to work for one of the longest, short weeks ever. Trying to get caught back up after a week off was stressful. That’s one of the reasons I was looking forward to this weekend. My wife having Sunday off was the other reason.
We made the most of our family time and her day off. First up, was church. Then, we went to a movie… in the actual theater. It’s not something we do a lot so it’s an event when we do go.
My youngest daughter is a big Pitch Perfect fan so we all went to see the 3rd movie in the series. It was a fun time! If you loved the first two movies, you’ll love this one. We had great seats because we bought our tickets and reserved our seats online days in advance.
After the movie, my oldest daughter and I had the first Dad/Daughter dance practice for the routine we’ll be performing with the other dads and daughters at their high school dance team’s Spring show. That sure got my blood pumping and brought some sweat to my brow!
This evening my family enjoyed a nice meal… at the table. Something that our busy schedules prevent us from doing as much as we’d like. Now, we’re sitting together watching the Golden Globes.
Yep. Today was a great day! As I reflect on it I realized that one of the reasons that made it great, besides being all together, was that it was a day that my wife and I didn’t work… and didn’t think about work.
It made me realize that we need more days like this… and that we need to remember the Sabbath. There will always be work to do and things to get done but we can’t sacrifice rest and relaxation just to cross another item off the to-do list.
Exodus 20:11 NIV seemed to be a great verse to go with the day and my thoughts on it.
” For in six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
The Holidays can be a lot of fun but they can also be emotional and stressful.
There’s plenty of planning and preparing to do. There can be lots of travel and parties. Sleeping and eating patterns can get out of whack. Weather can change plans at the last minute. There’s also the letdown when it’s all over.
It can all lead to stress. Add in missing family and friends that have either passed or couldn’t make it to celebrate and the emotions and stress can compound.
I was kind of feeling some of that stress today… until I saw the Bible Verse Of The Day on my phone. Matthew 11:28 NIV was just the reminder I needed.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”