A new word was introduced to me at the Gurus conference; Sabbath. Apparently, it’s a day when I’m supposed to rest. I don’t have time for this “Sabbath day.” Oh wait, you say God blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy? I might give it a try.
Nancy Beach, of the Slingshot Group, kicked off the Gurus of Tech conference with a wonderful talk on the Sabbath and how the tech folks must seriously consider its importance in our lives. The title of the talk; “I Can’t Keep the Sabbath, I’m Too Busy Working It.” Ain’t that the truth?!?
If you’re anything like me, then you’re 5′-11″ with brown hair, brown eyes, love slow walks in the rain…oops, I meant to say if you are anything like me, you know how hard it is to keep a Sabbath day. Nancy showed how we can do it and why we must do it.
Below are bullet points I recorded from her talk. I believe them to be accurate – it’s hard to write down what she said while I was also listening to what she was saying. I’ve also added a bit of my interpretation of what she was saying.
- The Sabbath is sacred.
- It’s a commandment (Ex 20, Deu 5:15).
- It gives freedom and release from slavery specifically noted in Deu 5:15.
- God says little about the Sabbath, which leaves it up to us as to how to keep it.
- Westerners are seen by some as “ones who spin around, lacking direction” and it’s a great view of how we are “on” 24/7.
- We boast of lack of sleep and how much we do but this leads to hardheartedness.
- Our attitude towards the ministries in which we work is important. Without a Sabbath, it will become negative.
- The Sabbath doesn’t have to be on Sunday. It could be any day or any 24-hour period.
- Key to keeping the Sabbath is intentionality.
- His joy is within us (Mark 6:30-31 – “Come with me…and get some rest!”)
- Commit to it.
- Find a way to make it work in your life.
- How do you want to look back on your life? (I don’t remember if she said it or I thought it)
The Two Guidelines for the Sabbath (I think she got these from a book but I’m not sure. #memoryfail)
- Cease striving, controlling, worrying, and decision-making.
- Embrace that which gives life;
- Delight in life
- Worship (consider attending another church for a mid-week service)
Over the course of the next week or so, I’ll post up more notes from the Gurus of Tech conference.
Before I end this, let me say thanks to…
- Todd Elliott and Mankin Media for putting on the Gurus conference.
- All the session speakers and breakout leaders.
- Steve L. for coming up to me at the Culvers Restaurant and introducing himself. I had a great time hanging out with you and your worship leader whose name I don’t know because he always had his name tag turned around. You might not be brought into the sound booth on a golden throne, carried by ushers, but I can promise you’ll be rewarded when you get to the other side.
- Brian Gowing for your time and friendship. You are a blessing to the church.
- Brad Zimmerman for stepping up to lead a breakout session. You are a blessing to all the Lone Ranger techs out there.
- Bill Swaringim of CTLN for setting up the dinner at Portillos. You are blessing the body of techies!
- Van Metschke for talking shop and being real. You are a blessing to those above you and those below you.
- Mike Sessler for talking shop and for coming to these conferences. You are a blessing to sound techs new and old.
And thank you, McGuru, for your inspiration…I only ask you stay away from my console’s “SELF DESTRUCT” button.