Letting Go in Their Words {Day 19}

by | Oct 19, 2013 | Uncategorized

During the month of October, for 31 Days of Letting Go in the Deep End, I’m featuring the words of Sabbath Society Bloggers on weekend posts. I asked them to tell us what they have had to let go of in order to observe Sabbath as a routine, because the decision to rest is not always an easy one. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Toni Gatlin who blogs at Miss Informed and tweets @tonigatlin.

I’ve had to let go of perfection, of completion, of checking everything off a list, in order to become a Sabbath-keeper. Maybe the laundry’s not all washed or that last bit of homework completed, or every single phone call made or email sent. I have to accept that I am incapable of doing everything by myself, in my own strength, that I need to step out of the equation and allow God to refill me.

By nature, I am a rule-follower, list-maker, task-finisher… and Sabbath is the total opposite of all of that. It’s a time to stop doing and experience simply being. My worth ceases to revolve around what I’ve gotten done and shifts to who I really am, who (and Whose) I was made to be. This paradox of finding strength through rest both grates against and soothes my inner self! It’s mysterious and doesn’t always make sense, but regular Sabbath-keeping is completely invaluable to me in my battle against a performance-based mindset.


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  1. Janet

    That performance-based thinking is hard to get rid of in our culture in the U.S. Since getting cancer, I have learned to accept each day and what I can do, and not live by a Must Do list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on letting go of performance type of thinking!
    (Just a note, my blog can be found at http://faithcounts.wordpress.com)

    • Shelly Miller

      Gratitude that comes from adversity is a rich gift Janet. Your perspective is inspiring.

  2. Toni Gatlin

    Thank you for sharing your space with me, Shelly, and for encouraging me in my Sabbath journey.

    • Shelly Miller

      Glad to have you here Toni, its lovely getting to know you through the Sabbath Society.

  3. janetb1

    I struggle with performance based thinking as well. I appreciate your thoughts here. Thank you for sharing!

    • Shelly Miller

      I’m not sure any of us exempt from those feelings Janet. You’re in good company.

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