It's Not A Suggestion



…“Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?” Luke 6:2

It’s here…my favorite time of year…volleyball season! That means teaching all week and then spending about nine hours in a gym on Saturdays watching the Lady Pirates play their hearts out.

I try to squeeze in a little homework between games but mostly it’s just a fun day with great young ladies and lots of fun parents. The only down side is all the Saturday chores that don’t get done at home.  When we got home Saturday and I picked up a sweaty uniform and started sorting socks all I wanted to do was plunk down on the couch to enjoy a lazy Saturday night after a long week, I thought about this verse from Luke.

My first reaction to this Gospel is …YIKES! If they were in trouble for plucking heads of grain on the Sabbath what would they have done with me?  I look at the way I spend many Sundays and I realize the Pharisees would have booted me right out on my ear immediately!

Jesus had a perfect defense for “breaking” the law, but I usually don’t. Jesus had specific evidence about occasions and events where the law could be seen from another perspective, and I usually don’t.  Jesus was eloquently pointing out that the Sabbath was for worship and giving nourishment that provided the strength to carry out that worship was not a violation.  When I look at my Sunday practices, I have to honestly admit that most of those tasks have nothing to do with worship.

Laundry, sweeping, and grocery shopping are not prayerful worship aids but my guilty conscience and I try to defend them.  There are isolated exceptions but the bottom line is I’m famous for trying to include too many things in that category.  This Gospel reminds me that I would be better off spending my Sabbath in prayer and study, lifting up all the tasks and responsibilities to His divine organization and timing and spending less time breaking the rules, feeling guilty, and trying to engineer my ridiculous defense!

It made me stop and think about what my Sundays usually look like. Do I use it to rest, find peace and grow closer to God or do I use it as a catch up day for everything that didn’t get done the week before? I’ve written about Sunday before but I just keep coming back to it because I don’t seem to get it right.

When God keeps putting something on my heart again and again it usually means I’m not getting the picture! Things have to get done, I know, but I wonder if I’m really doing my best to honor the commandment.   I continued with the wash and moved on to a couple other tasks because I realized that they are called the Ten Commandments and not the ten suggestions.

I think God is calling me to spend this volleyball season working harder to keep my Sunday focus on him.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!  He can be pretty bossy so I think I better take him seriously!

A Seed To Plant: Jot down this little prayer and lets promise to pray it as we prepare for our next Lord’s day!  Lord of all things, as I spend a day of rest with you, infuse me with the trust to know my gift of time given to your honor will unfolded splendidly and perfectly into a beautiful  and blessed week.

Blessings on your day!

Copyright 2014, Sheri Wohlfert



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Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to look at the simple ways we can all find God doing amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at


  1. Sheri, I am remembering the Jewish practice of beginning their holy Sabbath at sunset before the day of Sabbath. Since their Sabbath was/is on Saturday, they begin it on Friday evenings with a very nice family dinner with candles and traditional practices. The next day they go to religious services, and then the Sabbath officially ends on Saturday at sunset.

    How about if you were to consider your Sunday Sabbath to begin about sunset on Saturday and end about 24 hours later?

    When you wrote that all you wanted to do when you got in after the volley ball day on Saturday was to flop down on the couch and relax after a busy week, I wanted to go over and urge you to do just that and declare it the beginning of your 24-hour Sabbath, probably like Jesus’ own family did on Friday evenings.

    Thank you for another of your delightful, thought-provoking columns. Ann

  2. Ann, I like the way you think! Why is it we are so anxious to pack our days with everything but peace and rest. I am just getting home from a volleyball tournament and I plan to do just as you suggested! Blessings on your day!

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