My response to what was outside my house was based on the condition of what was inside my house - the windows. Isn't it the same way with our emotional response to our lives? We miss the beauty that is right in front of us, because the lens we are looking through is not clear.
God invites us to take time to reconnect with him and with one another, and to rediscover the joy of moving at a slower pace. Yes, there is obedience and trust involved in God's direction to take a sabbath. But it is meant to be a gift, not a burden. Rest renews us. Time away from our tasks helps us gain perspective.
As an introvert, I don't always find it easy to break through the barrier between 'stranger' and 'acquaintance', or move from 'customer' to 'friend'. But life sure feels sweeter when I do. Maybe you've observed it too, as you've seen a face brighten when you walk through the door. The simple art of noticing can make all the difference.
There are a lot of situations where a Christ follower should gladly put others first. But when it comes time to take responsibility for a problem, to apologize, or to be willing to improve our attitude, I think we have permission to jump up and say, "Me first!"