One of the things I love most about PLNU is our commitment to balance – academics, faith, service, and community life are all important here. They are all part of an educational experience that shapes individuals to make a difference in their world. It’s a commitment that creates a sense of wholeness in living and working with others.
In this issue of the Viewpoint, we look at the idea of Sabbath, which is also about creating balance. Sabbath is God’s gift of rest and spiritual renewal to us. Just as we believe education is richer when it includes a deepening of faith, service to others, and co-curricular activities, so, too, are our lives richer when they include rest as well as work, reflection as well as action.
Many Christian churches do not have strict rules or practices about Sabbath, but worship, fellowship, and rest from our labors are usually highly valued. For most of us, it’s not a legalistic practice of Sabbath that we hold, but rather a commitment to have times of rest and renewal that will benefit us and help keep life in balance.
For me, with my irregular schedule of travel and meetings, I have found that rest and stillness before God are vital to maintaining the energy, integrity, and focus of my work. Through many different worship settings, times alone in travel, or opportunities to pull away from the busyness of life, my time alone with God helps me keep my life and calling in balance. Finding times and places of Sabbath and renewal are not only enriching and renewing for me, they also are necessary for maintaining the fullness of Christ within me.
I hope as you read this issue, you will be encouraged to examine your personal practices of Sabbath rest and perhaps be inspired to embrace Sabbath anew or for the first time.
Bob Brower, Ph.D.