Sunday, March 12, 2006

Interfaith Ministries - What we all can learn!

This morning, we went to church. We are still doing our series on Marriage & Family. Today's sermon was on "A Healthy Family: Sabbath." Our normal preacher wasn't there; however, his son, Ben Young, preached today. A couple of years ago, Ben joined some other religious experts on a PBS Interfaith Ministries panel. Through the sermon, he talked about all of the things that we can and should learn/practice from the other religions.

The panel included: A Budhist Monk, an Orthodox Rabbi, a few others and him, the Baptist preacher. He said that he picked up that practicing mindfulness and keeping the Sabbath were important practices in these other religions. He said that he is taking 'baby steps' and encouraged all of us to do the same.

His example (which had my husband nudging me like crazy), which he illustrated, showed a box with a key. In that box, he said if you can't do a full day then at least do 3-4 hours on any day (traditionally Baptist Sabbath is Sunday as in Judaism shabbat begins 18 minutes before sundown on Friday night) and put your BlackBerry, cell phone, remote control, watch, etc. away. Just really focus on the here and now.

With that said and after I finish my presentation for tomorrow (my huge file is opening now), I am really going to try and dedicate some time for just 'getting back in focus.' Ben Young has written a book and here is how it goes.... Has your life become like a 24-hour convenience store that is up and running 365 days a year? Everything that is in here so applies to my life.

So, it is time to sit back and smell the roses. He signed my book (Out of Control, Finding Peace for the Physically Exhausted and Spiritually Strung Out) in this manner: Shalom + Grall.


Blogger Jim said...

I know Shalom, that is Peace.

Now for Grall, Google said:
"Grall, Whatever you're looking for you can get it on eBay."

3:27 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I've been in the rut. I missed the last two Sundays. We finally went today. I grew up Baptist but have been going to a Church of Christ. It's really been good for me, but I've noticed the more I miss the less inclined I am to focus.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Even SuperWoman needs to slow down a bit!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Wendy C. said...

That is good advice for all of us :-)

I like the lock box idea.

12:23 PM  

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