In my last post: “Changes in Latitude, No Changes in Gratitude, a while back, I wrote about how circumstances shouldn’t change our gratitude because gratitude is based on who we are in Christ not our circumstances. In that post I quoted a Jimmy Buffet song, “Changes in Latitude” where Jimmy states: “Changes in latitude changes in attitude.” Even though our latitude or circumstances change or gratitude should always remain faithful to God for who He is and for all He has done for us.
However, Jimmy was right in that changes in latitude or changes in our perspective often change our attitude. I’m specifically referring to the sabbath. We must rest as God rested because it will often change our attitude or our perspective on our circumstances.
After spending a long but fruitful summer season in children’s ministry I needed to rest. My wife, who plays a key role in raising our 4 children, 3 of whom are four year old triplets truly needed break too. So we just got back from celebrating our 20th anniversary with a week in Mexico. We slept in, we took naps, we laid by the pool, we played in the ocean, and we read books, among many other restful activities. It was great. We sabbathed for an entire week, and it was needed.
It was great to refuel our physical and spiritual engines as we had been running hard for a long while. Don’t get me wrong, I love my ministry to kids and families and my wife loves raising our children, but it was good to rest. It made us appreciate all that we have even more.
God rested so we should rest also.
Hebrews 4:9-10 states; “So then, there remains a sabbath rest for the people of God. For whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.”
Am I saying we have to go to Mexico or on some vacation to sabbath? Of course not. What I am saying is that we all need to set aside a day or some time during each week that we can truly sabbath and get our much needed rest. That change in latitude will surly change our attitude.