We had a great lesson and conversation that stemmed from Elder Nelson’s talk he gave a year or so ago about making a concerted effort to make the Sabbath a delight and to keep it holy.
The following video does a great job of highlighting how stressful life is and how keeping the Sabbath can be a blessing for us:
One of the things that stood out to me today from our discussion was that the way I observe the Sabbath is how I show God a sign of how committed I am and how much I love Him. The Sabbath isn’t just a list of things I can’t do. Rather, if I focus my energy on what I can do to show God my love, it will then become a delight and each person will approach it differently. When we approach it this way, then it becomes less of a legalistic approach and more of an approach that Jesus discusses in the Bible of offering our hearts to God vs. keeping things because we are told to do it.
There was a long list of Sunday “cans” that we looked at and the interesting thing is everyone is different and at varying levels in their approach to observing the Sabbath.
For me, I found that I have a greater abundance of the Holy Spirit when I don’t watch football on Sundays like I used to do. I find I’m more patient with my family and spend much more time with my kids and hopefully bonding more vs. just shouting at the screen on Sundays and letting my kids run around wild.
Others in the group shared how they strive to make every day like the Sabbath and serve others, reaching out and loving as the Savior would have us do, etc. I believe that is the ultimate level we should be striving for, but we also discussed starting small and working toward the best way possible.
What are some of the ways you choose to keep the Sabbath and how have you been blessed by doing so?