We were taking a walk on Monday morning. The weather was beautiful and we were enjoying the company. It was my Sabbath. And I kept thinking of what else I should be doing, the things I could be getting done and feeling guilty for simply enjoying the day.
So why is it so hard to practice Sabbath? Everyone has different reasons. For some it is difficult to have it confirmed that the world will keep going without you doing the work that seems so important. For others, it is simply frightening to think about who you are without your work. What spark is left if the work is left behind?
Or you could be a people pleaser, not wanting to say no to others who will ask you to do something on your Sabbath. Or maybe it's the fear that they will stop asking once you say no, that you aren't needed anymore. Or maybe it's harder to please yourself than others and your expectations are simply too high.
Perfectionism, thinking too highly of ourselves, pleasing people rather than serving God- these are things that Christ wants to free us from.
Whatever your reason for not taking Sabbath time, I hope you will take a leap and try it. As with everything it gets easier with practice- at least that's what I am hoping.