Be Intentional with Your Sunday Activities
Part of how I follow Jesus is to treat Sunday as different from other days. I spend time with other followers of him, both at church and apart from church. I worship him, hopefully in spirit and in truth.
I don’t work or do very little work, not with legalistic fervor but with the attitude that this day is a set apart day to focus on him. I rest and relax. I may spend time with family, go for a walk, read, do a crossword puzzle, or watch a movie. And I write.
For a long time I didn’t write on Sunday, not one word. Since I write for work—even though writing seldom feels like work—writing on Sunday seemed like I was laboring on my set-apart day. I didn’t want that.
But what if I directed my Sunday writing solely towards God? After my habit of writing five days a week, became six when I included Saturday, I later added Sunday, but just temporarily I thought. It would be just for a season to work on a project about God.
Since I typically write in the morning, my Sunday writing time fell before church.
Soon I realized that writing about God on Sunday morning was my first worship of him for the day—and often my best. It served to center my thoughts on him, preparing me for a day set apart to focus on my Lord and Savior.
Some Sundays, writing was the highpoint of my day, not that my words were great, but that my time with God, as I wrote, was.
When my Sunday morning project ended, I didn’t want to say goodbye to my morning spent with God through writing. So I continued to write each Sunday morning, just as I do every other morning.
Sunday morning is when I write my blog posts for the week, a blog about God, the Bible, and his church. As I write, I focus on God and worship him. For me, that is what Sunday is for—and what he created me to do.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.
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4 replies on “Why Do I Write on Sunday?”
My way of worship is primarily through prayer and worship at church on Sundays. I write and so most of my blog stuff during the evenings so it is hard for me to do do so while writing. I love that you are able to worship while writing and that is a great way to look at it.
Jeremy, it’s wonderful that we have each found what works best for us. Thanks for letting me know.
Sundays don’t differ terribly from the other 6 days since learning to practice the presence of God as often as I can each day. Sometimes just whispering His name brings Him nearer in my mind though in reality He is always near, even when I’m not conscious of Him. What is new for me is enjoying Him in community w/ others on Sundays. Although i have attended churches my entire life, I haven’t been able to say I always looked forward to it. Donning the mask and all. My husband and I have both realized and enjoyed the fact masks aren’t needed at our present church home. Though other churches we attended may not have used them, we always felt they were needed. Our problem not theirs. In our last church home we began to lose our dependency on them (everyone having pulses/issues and all,) but we weren’t ready to give them up. How freeing it is, how much easier it is to see and be seen without them. And breathe! Breathe in the Spirit. Way easier without masks! Remember those childhood Halloween masks? No peripheral vision, and difficulty breathing? Yeah, like that.
What a great perspective!
Have you read the book Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence? You both approach worship the same way.