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Have you ever had that friend who was really good at something, something you’ve maybe always admired, were a bit intimidated by, nevertheless wanted to try but never had the chance? Then one day your friend, the one who is really good at that thing says “Hey wanna give this a try?” With excitement and trepidation, you agree and soon, without much instruction or preparation, you are thrown into the activity, the only instructions given are broad and comprehensive, but lacking almost any detail on how to do it. Sure, you know what to do, what the goal is, but the how seems incomprehensible once you’re actually trying to do that thing. You watch your friend, the one who is really good at it, who seems to have it all figured out, instinctively doing the thing while you grow more and more frustrated, more and more discouraged. Pretty soon, you find a way to bow out, and you leave defeated and ashamed that you can’t even begin to manage what seems to come so naturally to others.

It’s a terrible feeling, isn’t it?

But what about when it comes to things that we’re commanded to do? Things that are deemed essential to our faith and discipleship? Things that are really important, not optional? What happens when we feel incapable to those things? When it seems others have a handle on them, or are at least better at them than we are? Do we fake? Act like we have it figured our when we’re really clueless? Do we make excuses? Do we just throw in the towel and walk away?

Or maybe we just slow the whole thing down. Maybe we find a space where we can get some objective and come to understand that the “how” has been there besides with the “what” all along?

Let’s see what we can find out about that this week as we continue our deep dive into Sabbath.

Grace and peace y’all,
John Ray and the teaching team

Big Idea

Practicing Sabbath is crucial to our ability to walk in obedience to the greatest of commandments.

Take Away

“The odd insistence of the God of Sinai is to counter anxious productivity with committed neighborliness. The latter practice does not produce so much; but it creates an environment of security and respect and dignity that redefines the human project.” – Walter Brueggemann


Matthew 22:34-40 (NET) 

How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe?

At Grace, our practice of Sabbath is also one of finding a conflict free space for everyone to come to the table. It doesn’t mean we deny differences or disagreements in other areas, but instead focus on the things we hold in common. These practices help us become more and more reflective of Jesus and are formed by and inform what we confess to believe.


What’s Next?

We look at Sabbath as Freedom with Jennifer Acuff.

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