This past September I had the opportunity to go to the D6 Conference with my wife, a handful of staff members, and most of the pastors from my church. I was expecting to have a good time and enjoy the opportunity to connect on a deeper level with friends. What I wasn't expecting was Jefferson Bethke.
Jefferson gave a talk about rituals found in the Bible that God asked the Israelites to follow. But he made the point that nowhere in the Bible does it ever mention to stop doing these, which was a compelling thought and one I wasn't prepared to process. By the time he was done, I was ready to try it.
My wife and I discussed it quite a bit and came up with the plan to adopt the Shabbat (or Sabbath) dinner to begin with. It's a Jewish ritual, of course, and one that we felt could have the biggest impact on our kids. And I can say wholeheartedly that it has been worth it. The conversations we have with our girls as a result of this simple dinner have been phenomenal.
But this Shabbat dinner has become something bigger and more important to me personally as well. It has helped me kick off a day of rest and helps me be more mindful of my technology, which is exactly what I wrote about in this weeks Mindfulness Monday article on The Sweet Setup. It covers more than just our Shabbat dinner but goes into the ways I use it to be intentional with my screens and gain a little margin with technology.