If you’re anything like me, the weekends can easily be a bit hectic. It takes some intentionality to slow down and focus on what matters.
Obviously some of us are heavily involved in ministry on weekends, or maybe have a job that means working on the weekend. I get that, because many of my weekends are extremely full with concerts/ministry.
However, I have been thinking about practical steps to make weekends, specifically Sunday/Sabbath (whichever you observe) more intentional. Weekends are not first and foremost about laying around (although Sunday afternoon naps are a sweet thing, in my opinion!), but about refocusing our minds + hearts on Christ, and practicing the principle of the Sabbath- a day to keep special in to rest our hearts and minds, a day He knew we needed.
I have personally found the following three things to greatly help my weekends be what I feel they should be. When I say, “weekend”, I am referring to Saturday + Sunday, although the main principle is having a Sabbath.
- Skip the Social Media. This is something I’ve been working on that has been really refreshing for me. Taking a bit of a break from noise/culture/media/things coming into my mind + heart- I need it. It’s so good to take a step back from work emails, social media, and online stuff for a day or two. There are times when I need to do work on Saturday (and use computer/media for that) but as much as possible I try to keep it to a minimum, and especially to keep all internet off-limits to me on Sunday.
- Refrain from Work on Sunday (as much as possible). This is something my parents passed down to me that has been extremely valuable as I’ve gotten older. Although we do a lot of weekend concerts, and on the farm the cows still have to be milked on Sundays, I love the concept of refraining from unnecessary work on Sundays. I’ll wash the dishes, yes, but the laundry and cleaning can wait. I’ll do a concert, yes, but changing my violin strings and giving violin lessons waits till Monday.
- Spend Extra Time with Jesus + Family. When home, I love the family dinners around our big table. Sometimes it’s just us, often we have guests join. Either way, it is a special time to gather, have a gourmet (yet simple) lunch, and cherish the gifts of life and family. Church is a highlight of my Sundays, as well, and the spiritual refreshment is a welcome fuel to my fire!
I hope your weekend is wonderful! Be blessed.