I sat in my geometry class my sophomore year of high school and asked the question (especially studying proofs) I’m sure we’ve all asked at some point in our lives, “When am I ever going to us this in life?” Knowing I was heading into ministry in some capacity, it really made me wonder.
Then I figured it out.
We did mess around with the protractor and talked about angles and degrees and the like. Over the last few years I’ve really began to think about what a 1 degree shift could do in someone’s life over the long haul.
For those of us that follow Jesus, we’re indebted to the people (whether you’re the first or in a long lineage) who have changed the trajectory of your family name for the sake of Jesus because He has taken over their lives.
If you start with a point at 90 degrees and then set a point at 89 degrees and then draw a line from that starting point, initially the difference in those lines is not a lot, but over the course of time, the entire path those lines are one get farther and farther apart. Everything is different!
As it relates to your life, we could look at all the changes God invites into our lives and see how he wants to transform us more and more into his trajectory for us! As a spouse, as a parent, as a leader, as a student, in the home we live in, as a stranger to others, etc. The list could go on and on! Yet, I want to focus on one area of our lives that tends to get compromised where 1 degree could make a huge difference: Sabbath living.
As a young pastor, all the time in your week can be demanded of you for the sake of ministry. It’s great to wanted, it’s great people rely on you for insight and prayer, it’s rewarding to see the fruit of your labor happening in and through being used by God.
Can call ourselves successful if we dismiss a day of rest a week for the sake of our own personal renewal?
The habits we establish in our lives tend to cement within us and I’d argue as leaders, (even more so as followers of Jesus) we have the responsibility to model this in our lives to the world around us.
Each week I set aside at least 24 consecutive hours to rest and renew myself. Initially I had to spend my week on paper and make this time non-negotiable and do it. After awhile it became a part of who I am so I rarely miss a Sabbath a week.
It makes me a better dad, husband, pastor, friend, and stranger to those I come into contact with.
I had to get beyond the false guilt I felt when I didn’t have anything to do or just got out a book or played a round of golf. The world tells you to compromise and keep working for the extras notoriety and money that can be made.
I’d say you aren’t being who you are called to be when this area of your life is compromised.
So my question is: What is the 1 degree you need to make in your schedule so you can rest and renew for those closest to you? It can make all the difference in your life if you’ll just make it happen. You got this! You were actually created for this! Make that 1 degree switch not just for you, but for everyone.
Take that, sophomore year geometry.
You are loved.