Just after Ed and I were married he suggested we sit down and balance our checkbooks together. I looked at him quizzically and asked, “Balance my check book? Like on my head or something?” Much to his chagrin he soon discovered not only did I not ever balance my checkbook I also never wrote down anything about the checks I was writing. He looked at me a little dumbfounded and asked how I knew how much was in my account. I told him I simply kept track in my head.
Lately the Holy Spirit has been reminding me, like our checkbooks, we should work to keep our lives balanced. On the 7th day God rested and blessed us with the gift of Sabbath. As a kid I envisioned Gods resting looking like the Creator of the universe sitting in an overstuffed chair, using the earth as a footstool and napping the day away. As I have studied more and matured, the thing I have come to realize is Sabbath is not so much about sitting still as it is about finding delight. At the completion of each of the first six days Goad said, “And it was good.” I think on the seventh day, when God rested, he looked at His creation and took delight in it and by giving us the gift of Sabbath he is inviting us to delight as well.
Delight looks different for each of us. For some it is taking a day to sleep in and enjoy a well cooked meal. For others it may be a tour through an art museum. If you are like me, my delight is going out, seeing and experiencing new things. As long as it is legal, moral and ethical I believe there is no wrong answer to seeking that which brings you enjoyment.
Regarding our checkbooks, we are always careful to make sure there is enough going in to cover the amount going out. I invite you to join me in taking stock of our lives. Are we allowing God to pour into us through the delight of Sabbath as much as we are pouring out into others? When we cross paths let’s ask each other, “Were did you find delight this week?”
Blessings, peace, and ample amounts of delight,