the good way


Session 3 • Sabbath • Activation

The climax of the creation account in Genesis is not the creation of humanity, as many may assume. Rather, the day of rest, Sabbath, is the climax, when all creation comes together in peace and harmony, and God declares everything He has made very good.

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Genesis 2: 2-3

When God rested from the work of creation, he delighted in the goodness and beauty of all he had made. Sabbath is about delight, wonder and play; enjoying all the healthy, God-given pleasures of life.

In ‘The Artist’s Way,’ Julia Cameron encourages people to plan a weekly ‘artist date.’ This is time set aside to be alone and to intentionally seek out things that you find beautiful or playful, or that nourish your soul with inspiration. In many ways, we would all benefit from having time like this during our Sabbath.

DELIGHT (verb)

to take great pleasure in

You might find it helpful to reflect on these questions:

  • What activities or experiences bring me a sense of wonder and delight?
  • What is beautiful to me? You might even want to create a collage like this?
  • What does it look like for me to play?
  • What makes me feel most alive or content?
  • What makes me laugh?
  • When do I experience the delight of God over me?
  • When I was a child, what brought me pleasure and delight?

PLAY (verb)

to engage in activity for enjoyment rather than a serious or practical purpose (especially by children)

Some of us can find it difficult to allow ourselves to be playful, or childlike. Spend some time reflecting on the following prompts, and invite the Holy Spirit to awaken dormant desires in you. How might engaging in these things enable you to experience a fresh sense of delight?

  1. When I was a child, my favorite game/activity was….
  2. I don’t do this much anymore, but I used to really enjoy…
  3. Music that makes me feel happy is…
  4. If it weren’t too late I would….
  5. The person I most enjoy being with is….
  6. If I could take any class it would be…
  7. I’ve always wanted to try…
  8. If I could wear anything it would be…
  9. Something silly I would like to try once is…
  10. If I was a little braver I would…

Below is a non-exhaustive list of suggested ways to experience delight on your Sabbath.

Suggested practices:

  • Sing or dance
  • Play a game
  • Be in nature
  • Paint/sketch/build/write/make art
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Wander the city taking photographs
  • Listen to music you loved when you were a teenager
  • Be a tourist in the city
  • Read a book or poetry
  • Hang out with a puppy
  • Make love (if you’re married!)
  • Visit a museum or gallery
  • Go on the swings
  • Bake something delicious
  • Spend time with people you love
  • Rollerskate
  • Wear something fun
  • Shooting hoops
  • Express gratitude
  • Visit somewhere you’ve never been
  • Do a puzzle
  • Laugh
  • Watch a movie
  • Write a letter to someone you love
  • Take a long bath
  • Spend time with kids
  • Catch up with a friend
  • Take a nap
  • Play sports
  • Try new food

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