2014 is not a year that I would like to repeat.
If there ever was a year that I was stressed out and frantically working all the time, it was 2014.
I am blessed to be able to work from home. I am blessed that I actually get paid to do what I am passionate about. The downside is the constant push to do more. If you work harder, longer and produce more product you will make more money.
More, more, more.
And I bought into that concept last year.
The result was that I worked 7 days a week.
There simply were not enough hours in the day for me to squeeze everything into 6 days – between housework, meals and kids. I was constantly upset that someone or something interrupted my work hours that were carefully sculpted into the perfect balance in order to reach Monday morning with a clean slate.
The problem was, there was no time to factor in spontaneity and the unpredictable nature of family. Inevitably, someone would get sick and need constant care, my husband would have a day off and want to take a family outing, we’d run out of something and I’d have to run to the store…
…and all these seemingly minor things became major when work wasn’t getting done, which would mean later nights, earlier mornings and working on Sunday – something I’d always had a strong conviction about.
Then came progress.
My blog began to grow, my Facebook page had more interaction, and money started trickling in faster.
Along with these little milestones came the lie: “Don’t let your Facebook page go quiet, even for a day, because you might lose followers and your stats will plummet”. “You need to start posting articles 5 days a week to keep your blog stats up. Content means traffic”. “You need to do more ‘fluff’ content and affiliate posts so that you make more money”.
All of these pressures meant more time was needed to attend to my blog, researching out affiliate opportunities and scheduling Facebook posts so that my “well oiled machine” would keep generating.
And you know what?
It didn’t pay off.
Sure, I had more comments and a little more traffic, but it wasn’t worth the horrible stress I was under. It wasn’t work the insomnia because a million thoughts were flying around in my head about what I needed to do and… “how on earth will I ever get it all done???”
Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord.
The Sabbath day wasn’t just a day to rest; it was a day of “rest to the Lord”. A day to be spiritually refreshed. A day set aside where we break from the normal activities of the week in order to focus entirely on Him and worship Him.
I couldn’t do that.
Even when I wasn’t physically working, my mind was buzzing with ideas of what I could or should be doing.
In essence – my blog became my god.
As 2015 approached, I knew I needed to make some changes. First and foremost, I needed to free up time in order to rest: physically, spiritually and mentally.
As I began emptying my plate, I began to notice a distinct sense of peace and joy return, that I hadn’t felt in a long time.
Soon it became clear that I needed to retire Missional Call – and that one decision was the final piece that brought me back to a place of balance.
I have chosen to not post to Facebook on Sundays – either “live” or via scheduling. Sunday is a day to worship God an that’s where my focus needs to be!
I don’t write or do any blog stuff at all on Sunday, because I want Jesus Christ to take center stage that day – a symbol that He owns center stage in my life.
God promised Moses:
My presence with go with you, and I will give you rest.
What I find interesting is that Exodus 35 starts with a reminder to keep the Sabbath day holy and then immediately launches into repeated instructions for the tabernacle.
The tabernacle – where God’s presence was.
As if to say, “You cannot have true rest apart from my presence!
Jesus also said, ““Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
And this is what I’ve learned.
Working at a frenetic pace will not get you where you need to go. Trying to squeeze too much work into too little time, just to try to get ahead may get you ahead in Corporate America, but Corporate America is not where its at.
We do not serve that king!
We do not labor for that kingdom!
We represent another King and another Kingdom!
That King commands us to rest.
And His rest is found in His presence.
That is what the Sabbath is all about – resting in His presence!
I have dethroned the god of “get ahead and achieve” and Almighty God has taken His rightful place in my heart as I learn to rest Monday – Saturday and then make Sunday all about the King!
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