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August 24, 2006

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Linda

Thanks for this post! Sometimes I feel guilty for taking time for recreation, but it is about balance.

Living in NorCal has afforded me many opportunities to enjoy activities such as hiking, one form of recreation that allows me to enjoy His creation and to remember His goodness.

Moreover, the effect that water has on you is the way I feel about running outdoors. Eric Liddell, the Scottish athlete and missionary upon whom "Chariots of Fire" was based, said, "when I run, I feel the pleasure of God." This is exactly how I feel when I'm running, esp. along the Pacific, even though I don't run as speedily. :)

Heidi

Yes, I am in total agreement!

Another perspective on time is interesting because since I cannot mentally handle school (even homeschool) and cannot make it to church or anywhere really other than to doctors, I get people telling me "I'm so jealous...you must have so much tim eto spend with GOd. My schedule is packed.

My reply often surprises them: I don't spend anymore time with GOd now that I did at first."

After a few awkward moments where they try and say something to make it sound like that's perfectly fine and act as if I had not disappointed them with my answer, I chime in "I've still only got 24 hours in my day."

My point being...no matter what I was doing before I was sick, the time was still spend with GOd as I did things. Perhaps my attention wasn't completely on him, and it wasn't quality time where I was kneeling at His feet, distractions set aside - but I was serving alongside Him, swapping jokes with Him, making quick requests, sending up bits of thanks and praise, and all around enjoying His company with me.

I also totally agree with you aobut the recreation thing. Since I have been convicted to observe the Lord's day as a day of rest, I have learned what kind of rest is a godly rest and what kind is pure selfish laziness.

Anyway, I know I'm rambling..thank you for your post, I anjoyed it!

daniel

"I have a friend who is also single and she's told me that she seems to have too much time on her hands--many empty hours spent alone. I assume that both of us need an adjustment."

This is very common with Christian single men. As a result, many of us are working too many hours, or in my case, spending too much time surfing and keeping fit when not working.

I don't think it's a bad thing, but we are "filling the hours" that we would have had with a spouse. I'm patient and know that God will put me with the right woman in time. When that happens, I know my priorities will fall in line. Until then, I'm up at 5:30am to catch the biggest waves.

Rachel

Thanks for this post! I believe I'll try your idea of filling up a calendar to see how I'm spending my time, and I already know I spend too much of it on the internet and emailing. What's funny is if I would just admit to myself, "I'm not going to be productive for the next two hours," I would prefer to read a good book than ramble around the Internet in a vaguely guilty and desultory fashion. But I sit down thinking I'm just going to waste a few minutes, and a few hours later my evening is gone. It's like the man in Lewis' Screwtape Letters who remarked, "I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I liked nor what I ought."

Jennifer L

Wow, this is very helpful, Carolyn! I'll take this with me as a reminder on my next planning retreat!

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