Today, for the first time in I-don’t-know-how-long, we had nothing to do. Nothing. Nada. zip. Not a single thing on the calendar… except church this morning.
What a luxury.
What do you do with such extravagance? Well, we played for sure- out in the yard, inside the home. But the big thing we did, that we don’t often have the chance to, is practice Sabbath. ‘Practicing Sabbath’ is a goal that we have every Sunday, but honestly most Sundays are as busy as any weekday- going from place to place, obligation to obligation. They’re all important and good things to go to, but they still make us… busy. And that’s really not what Sabbath is about. So, what do we do when we can actually practice it?
The Kniffin Family Meeting. On most Sundays we try to get together to talk about what’s important for the family going forward- our calendar, our priorities, our time. Then we measure it against our “Kniffin Family Mission Statement” and who we hope to be. We work out what’s going to happen over the next week, month, and so on. It gives us a chance to all get on the same page.
Reflect. Cyn read the paper. I read a book I’ve been meaning to get to for a while. In the meanwhile, we talk about how each others’ weeks were, and what’s not working. These days, ‘what’s not working’ mostly seems to revolve around the amount of time any of us have all together.
Recreate. Below, you’ll see me dancing with Evelyn. Cyn made some waffles with Abigail. There’s something about not having something looming on the calendar that enables you to be more present with the people you care about.
Plan Ahead. We are off to North Carolina at the end of this week. That means a lot to do in the next six days. Planning meals, who gets the car, who takes care of the kids, can take some of the stress off and help us feel as though we’re making the most of our time.
Any time you get a chance to “stop”, reflect, worship, be thankful, and have fun, it’s worth it. It’s a re-charge, and I suppose that’s a big reason for the Sabbath. We are grateful for when they can happen.