I was recently talking with a member of our church who is the mom of 3 students in the youth group. One of the things that has caught my eye over the past year is how she and her husband are rarely involved in any "extra-curricular" activities at church. They attend Sunday school 50% of the time, are consistent attendees to the morning worship service...and that is it. They do not participate in small groups, and the mom is one of our offering counters, which she does once a month.
I asked her about the lack of involvement. First off, let me say that I have a great relationship with the family. This was not a harsh, "Why on earth are you people so lazy?" conversation. It was more of a check up on where they were personally. Throughout the course of the conversation, she told me that they used to be really involved, but that they got burned out, and that Sunday was no longer a Sabbath for them. So they cut out everything but the basics. So that leads me to a question I have been chewing on for awhile.
What is a "sabbath?"
I don't intend for this to be a theological breakdown of Jesus' words. I'm looking for what those in ministry consider a Sabbath. My Sunday is basically full from about 7am-7pm (make it 9pm in the summer months). I am encouraged to take one day off a week (not Tuesday - staff meeting). I switch between Thursday and Friday, depending on what the week brings. However, at the end of the day, I feel like it has been a waste. I feel totally unproductive.
So for you pastors, what do you do to make a sabbath a sabbath?
Spouses of pastors, how does this affect you?
Those not in ministry, what do you do to make a sabbath a restful one?
Sorry if this has been discussed before, but this is something that I have been prayerful thinking about.