Happy new semester, friends!
This year I decided to make myself a New Years Resolution to better prioritize my commitments so that I can redefine my current definition of Sabbath and rest.
In my past few years of college, Sunday has consistently been my homework day. I generally didn’t do much homework on Fridays and sometimes even on Saturdays. This was great for those days, as it would give me tons of time to hang out with my friends, sleep-in, and just lounge around, but that meant that Sundays were huge days for me. I would end up doing homework into the evening hours, leaving me exhausted and burnt out, just in time to start a new week.
The idea of redefining Sabbath was first introduced to me just this week in one of my classes called Core 399, Calling, Task and Culture. For those who don’t know, this is Dordt’s version of a capstone class, sort of the way to round off what you’ve learned throughout your four-year journey. In this class we are divided up into subsections where we will be looking more specifically at one of six different ideas. One of these subsections is called Sabbath, and while I don’t yet know what subsection I am in, the introduction to this one really convicted me, and challenged me to think about the way I spend my Sabbath, the day that God has given us for rest.
I believe that God can speak to us in ways that don’t necessarily sound like verbal words. One way He has done and is doing this in my life is through repetition. What I mean by that is, sometimes I think God shows us different ideas, and then challenges us to follow-up with them by continuing to present them in front of us. That being said, this idea was reaffirmed in chapel on Wednesday this week when President Hoekstra delivered a message on Time Management. In his message he used an awesome demonstration about how if we fill our lives with time-wasters, we won’t have adequate room for the “big rocks” of life, like relationships, homework, Bible study, etc. But if we fill our lives with the big rocks first, then we have some room to do all those extra things.
Both of these experiences challenged me to reevaluate how I prioritize my time, so for the new year, and for my final semester, I have made a goal of increasing the amount of homework I get done throughout the week and on Saturdays, so that I can work on redefining my definition of Sabbath and rest.
Will you join me? What’s one of the goals you’ve set for the new year?