Planning my Sabbath


I’m speaking 6 times over the next 3 days in Paris, TX.

2 school assemblies

a leadership training on confession

an outreach event

Sunday morning service

and a high school senior banquet

This weekend is going to be really great but also REALLY EXHAUSTING. I’m an introvert so in order to “recharge” I need time alone and after this much time performing I’m going to need a lot of recharging.

I’m already planning out my sabbath for next week.


“Sabbath is a day when you act like the work is done, even if it isn’t.

Sabbath is when you spend a day remembering that efficiency and production are not God’s highest goals for your life. Joy is.”


I LOVE this explanation.

It’s so easy for me to get caught up in how much content (I hate that term) I’m creating and how many dates I have booked on my calendar. It can become my worth, my identity, my ultimate goal in life.

I know there’s going to be a real temptation after this weekend with an insane schedule to push through, hustle (I hate that term too), keep going, don’t sleep, and crank it out (even worse term).

But God says “rest.”

Next Wednesday I’m doing absolutely nothing. I’m going to sit around. I might read. I might go to the movies. I might play videos games all day. WHO KNOWS?! But I won’t check e-mail or post on Twitter or make any phone calls.

That’s the plan.

Oh, and the really great Sabbath quote from early? It’s from Rob Bell’s book How to be Here. I finished reading it last night. Is it the best book ever written? No. But there were definitely a few lines worth underlining. Like that one.

I know how some people feel about Bell so I wanted you to enjoy the quote before you found it was his. If I started with “Rob Bell says…” I know a few of you would have gotten defensive and screamed “WELL THIS OUGHT TO BE GOOD.”