Knowing Him

The Purpose of Leisure

The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land…And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable. – John Piper

This statement brought two questions to my mind after reading it; questions that I believe are very much connected to each other.

How do I view my free time – what is it’s purpose?

and

Where do I find my thoughts when not intentionally fixed on Christ?

**I wish I could say that my mind is always effortlessly focused heavenward, but it’s not.**

I must admit that I view leisure as opportunity to partake of mindless activity. As a mom with two young kids I want time to just sit at the end of the day and ‘do nothing‘. Get on Facebook, watch a movie, get on Facebook, surf Pinterest in search of nothing… or, get on Facebook. 🙂

Something that requires absolutely no thinking.

But is this really how the Lord intends me to use this time?

“A great deal that we do is not leisured but a kind of working at pleasure that can be nervous idleness. Yet, what we do purely for pleasure may have the greatest and least suspect influence on us.” – Rosalie de Rosset

My leisurely activities have a powerful way of directing the current of my thoughts.  When I spend the majority of my free time on social media, that’s where my mind naturally drifts.

“What did she think about my post?”…

“Who liked my picture?”…

“I wonder what so-and-so thinks about that status update!” …

I’m not saying that we should delete all our social media accounts, or never watch a movie. But there is danger when we allow these to become the normal daily rhythms that consume our thoughts and ultimately distract us from fixing our mind where it should be – on Jesus.

The Lord is showing me that all my choices matter, including how I choose to spend my free time. I can choose to spend it in ways that cultivate distraction or cultivate dignity; thoughtlessness or godliness.

So with all this said..I’m going to conduct a little experiment…just cause I’m curious to see the effects…

No Facebook for a month!

 

4 thoughts on “The Purpose of Leisure

    1. Thank you, Levi! It’s a healthy (yet sometimes painful) thing to allow the Holy Spirit to honestly evaluate the state of our hearts and minds. 🙂

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