Sabbath = Brilliance

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The title of this blog may not be biblical, but practically, it makes a lot of sense. Sabbath is a day of rest where we are called to focus on who God is and what he has done for us. But there is more going on in our heart, mind and soul then you may realize. 

Over the last year, I have been fascinated with a book called “Bored and Brilliant” by Manoush Zomorodi. The book centers on research Manoush did for a series of podcasts on her show “Note To Self.” There are no Christian references, and the word sabbath doesn’t exist. However, I believe it’s the best book I have ever read on why sabbath matters and how to deal with everything that’s distracting us from having REAL rest.

Using guests and research, Manoush explains the physical things that happen to our bodies, specifically our brains. She makes the case that when we are unplugged from the world/noise around us, we become bored. In that boredom, our bodies have time to refocus, recalibrate and the result is brilliance. 

When I hear her talk about it on the podcast or when I read her book, I realized she was primarily talking about sabbath and the power of practicing sabbath. Every time she uses the word “boredom,” my brain popped in the word “sabbath,” and it’s like it all comes alive in a new way. I found it all reinforced the fact that a designer created us and that God knew what he was doing when He told us to REST. 

Manoush misses or doesn’t connect the dots to what’s going on spiritually, but the reality she is making a case for taking a sabbath rest, and it’s powerful.

So I encourage you to check it out. Start with Manoush’s TEDtalk podcast, then if you want to dive deeper, listen to the original podcast challenge. Finally, if you become convinced, grab the book

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