Posted by: Susan Gaddis | May 13, 2010

Taking Wing From All the “Oughts”

In his book, The Rest of God, Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath, Mark Buchanan states, “This is Sabbath’s golden rule, the one rule to which all other rules distill. Stop doing what you ought to do. There are six days to do what you ought. Six days to be caught in the web of economic and political and social necessity. And then one day to take wing.”

This week we took two days to ignore what we ought to do and just played with some old friends from Fresno. Brad and Cathy Davis came over to visit, bar-b-que, talk, eat lunch at Dorns in Morro Bay, talk, hang out at Cafe’ Andreini in the old Village of Arroyo Grande, talk, and mop up our hallway and rooms flooded by an overflowing toilet at 1:00 a.m. And oh, talk some more.

Sometimes Sabbath is wasting time with old friends. The mental space that comes from ignoring your usual routine and doing what you normally don’t have time to do provides unexpected rest and laughter at overflowing toilets.

What have you done lately to take wing?



  1. A few weekends ago, we spent Sunday morning relaxing together as a family, instead of frantically getting ready for church with the usual stress and frustration that comes with getting 3 little ones fed, dressed and ready by 9:30. Instead, we made pancakes and read books and stayed in our pj’s for hours. Later, after long naps and fun at the park, we went to the Sunday night service with no panic or stress. It was wonderful!

  2. Good for you, Dani, for giving yourself permission to practice Sabbath by what works for your family and honors the Lord. It has taken me a long time to learn this. 🙂

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