5-Day Kickstarter For Your Soul (Day 4): Tech-Free Sabbath Rest

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I’m thankful you’re reading this post. 🙂

Today marks Day 4 of 5 in our Kickstarter For Your Soul series, and we continue with a look at the biblical principle of building more rest into our lives.

A fire glows in a cabin overlooking a wintry mountain range, perfect for rest.

Photo credit: Éole via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Scripture 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

— JesusMatthew 11:28

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

— Hebrews 4:9-10

Tech-Free Sabbath Rest

I take a 24-hour Sabbath. It is during this time I shut off my phone and don’t check email. This is not usually Sunday since church is not always relaxing for me, is more social, or I am speaking.

— David Levy
author of Gray Matter: A Neurosurgeon Discovers The Power Of Prayer One Patient At A Time
drdlevy.com

Today’s Challenge

Christians take different views on the Sabbath, and it’s not my purpose to take sides here.

Someone once asked Tim Keller, ‘How much rest should I take?’

His answer?  ‘More than you’re taking!’

So:

  1. Do you take significant regular rest, on a weekly basis?
  2. How would unplugging from your electronic devices during that time make it more restful?

What You (Might Have) Missed

Here are links to Days 1-3:

  • Day 1 – Uncovering Our Idols (from Tremper Longman, Professor of Old Testament)
  • Day 2 – Tip on Prayer (from Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College); you can also see what God showed me, and, add your own thoughts, by looking at the comments section.
  • Day 3 – The Value Of Fasting
  • The ideas and tips from this week’s mini-series all come from the newly-released Keeping God First project.  You can get it for free just below this post.

Tomorrow: a tip from author Dave Harvey about the connection between Christian community and knowing God better.