Better You, Better Worship (Pt. 7)
Our seventh weekly discipline has been the most difficult to weave into our worship culture: REST. I’m actually laughing a bit as I write this because musicians are usually known for having a bit of a lazy streak. I just think we’re misunderstood. We sleep late because we stay up late. We get fidgety in meetings because numbers aren’t as motivating as chord progressions. We sit for hours in coffee shops because...okay I don’t have a good answer for that one.
Regardless, we do work hard and put in a lot of hours around here. Here’s a quick snapshot of our week:
- Monday - work
- Tuesday - work
- Wednesday - work
- Thursday - work
- Friday - off
- Saturday - work (afternoon - early evening)
- Sunday - work (morning)
Six days on, one day off. Sound familiar? The Bible starts with God working six days and resting one. He thought it was such an important concept that he made it one of the ten commandments. I love how our pastor puts it - “You can accomplish more in six days than you can in seven.” We must take a day every week and rest! If we continually ignore this spiritual principle we will wake up one day burned out, at odds with our spouse, disconnected from our children, and ultimately hating what we do.
If you haven’t taken a vacation in a while, put one on the calendar. Make it a priority. If you haven’t taken a weekend off lately to recharge find a way to make it happen.
The worst thing you can do for your church is to put in 50-60 hours a week, month after month, year after year without having a plan for resting. We’ve become rather militant in our worship department when it comes to our days off. No emails, no emergency phone calls, no running errands that didn’t get taken care of earlier in the week. It takes diligence throughout the other six days to make sure the seventh is protected. How beneficial is a rested mind and spirit when it comes time to lead worship on the weekend?
I’d love to hear from you about your struggles in finding rest, or better yet your ideas on how you protect your sabbath.