Six AM waking up in the morning, gotta get dressed, gotta go to church. Gotta have my ‘bux, getting on a roll, Checking everything, the time is going. Tickin’ on and on, I’m the one rushing. I just don’t have the time to, stop. Service is a bust, when will it end?
(That kid’s) Kickin’ in the front seat. Pinching in the back seat. I’ve made my mind up, can I get a break?
It’s Sunday, Sunday, no time to rest on Sunday. I’m so busy on the weekends, weekends. Sunday, Sunday, no worship on Sunday. I’ve got too much ministry to do on the weekend.
Yesterday I worked on, church stuff. Today it is church day, work day. All the kids are so excited, they so excited. They’re gonna have a ball today. Tomorrow starts the work week and guess what comes afterwards, the weekend starts all over again. (If Rebecca Black were a Children’s Ministry Volunteer)
Sure, weekends are great when you’re a kid or teenager, but then you grow up and you have all kinds of responsibilities. Not only do you work during the week, you’ve volunteered at your church on Sundays. And everybody knows, that volunteering on Sundays requires prep work during the week. Because of your hectic schedule during the week, you’ve reserved Saturdays for catching up on work around the house and getting ready for Sundays. It sounds like a good plan, until you hear a kidmin leader start talking about the need to take a Sabbath. “Everyone in church leadership should dedicate one day a week away from the ministry.”
Now this puts you in a major dilemma. Sundays are your Sabbath day from work, but if you work at the church, can it really qualify? And you cannot take a day off during the week because you work another job. You could potentially dedicate one evening a week where you don’t do church work, but the Bible is pretty clear that the Sabbath is supposed to be a day. You’re pretty much left with three options. Quit your income providing job (you know, the one that feeds your kids and keeps the lights on), quit volunteering at church (which would leave your pastor in a bind), or ignore God’s command. What do you do?
We’re all about giving practical advice here on this blog, and I’d love to tell you what the right answer is, but I’m not so sure I even know. I’m juggling work, church, and family too. In fact, I’m not sure there is a right answer that fits every mold and I think this post really deserves more conversation than, “this is what you should do.” I’ll do a follow up post later, assuming there are enough comments to really get a good grasp of what people are already doing. Until then, I really want you to join the conversation.
Here’s some questions to get the party started.
Do you have a plan for how you take a Sabbath? Do you feel as if the Sabbath no longer applies to the New Testament Christian? What does “Sabbath” mean to you? Are you currently not doing anything, but feel as if you should?