That last quote I reblogged basically sums up what I learned only fairly recently about the Sabbath.
While going through personal progress the first time, there was an experience to work on I believe it was three things from the For Strength of Youth pamphlet. I chose something like music and language or something, but what I really learned about was the Sabbath.
Up until that time, I was under the impression that dad doesn’t have to work, we don’t go to school, we don’t go to friends houses, or play outside. I thought that doing homework, watching YouTube videos, and typing statuses on Facebook were all okay because I wasn’t working or outside.
I completely missed the point of the Sabbath.
Since making a better effort to keep the Sabbath holy, it really has made a bigger impact on my day-to-day life than I thought it would.
Not doing homework meant I needed to finish it by Saturday (or, in some cases, Monday morning between seminary and first period). But, I could look forward to the Sabbath as a true day of rest, where I could leave the worries of stressing over homework to another day. This helped me keep sane during the past year, because it is a notable difference and you can feel the rejuvenation.
Now, Facebook isn’t considered work. YouTube isn’t going to the store to buy something. But, it is a distracter from the gospel. This is why I’m picky about who I follow here; I try to make this Tumblr a website I can go to on the Sabbath, because it’s one way I can honor God and learn about the Gospel. If people are reblogging cats or starting political debates, I don’t follow them because I want a peaceful, gospel centered blog I can rely on. (By the way, if you don’t have a strict church blog, might I recommend getting one? It really does cut down a lot of contention and distraction when you just want to focus on the gospel. You don’t have to throw away your personal blog like I did, but just something that’s separate so you’re not tempted.)
So what did I decide to do once I got rid of most of the internet, reading books I checked out from the library, or doing homework for the upcoming week? It was definitely hard to try to find something to do, but after keeping up with this habit for a while, there are so many options! (Listening to Hilary Weeks’ song “Day of Praise” really helps me to get in the mood.)
There’s the obvious reading scriptures, praying, etc. But writing letters to a missionary? How about a letter to someone you admire in your ward? Plan goals for the week, cross-stitch gospel centered projects, read general conference talks, read notes you made in church read your patriarchal blessing, study Preach My Gospel, write your testimony down (in a BoM to give away perhaps?), work on personal progress, mend some family relationships, make plans to visit someone in need… The list is endless when you think about it. (I’m super glad that sleeping is on the good list, not gonna lie, I sometimes need a Sunday nap).
I strongly suggest finding activities that pertain to the gospel in some way so that your Sabbath is indeed a day of rest, but more importantly, a day of God.