Dallas Willard writes, "Sabbath serves human life in essential ways. Without it, life cannot be what it should be. ... It is not something we have to do because God has arbitrarily required it of us, a pointless hoop He would have us jump through. It is His gift to us." Healthy rhythms of work and rest are essential to having a healthy soul. Sabbath is one of those practices that helps us stay balanced. It's also undoubtedly neglected in our lives.
Willard's helpful article, "The Key to the Key's to the Kingdom," walks us through why Sabbath is so essential and how we can practice it joyfully. When we integrate Sabbath into our weeks, we learn to slow down, smell the roses, and be grateful for the ways God has given us everything we need.