We all have some sort of free time. Some have more then others. What do we do with our free time? Is it video games? Or are we watching movies? Or are we walking the dog? Are we spending time with friends or family? There are many things we can do when we aren’t busy with our daily chores and work. But what are we doing?
I believe what we do should be profitable. Something that accomplishes something. It could be as simple as growing closer to somebody by spending that time talking to them. Or it could be improving some skill or ability. Reading good edifying books, etc.
I believe it should also be edifying. To tear someone down is generally a bad idea. Or even to tear down your own character. Sure, shooting the breeze with someone is great, but it should be an edifying time. I find if I’m around someone for a long time, but if our time together has not been edifying I almost feel as if the entire conversation would have been better left unsaid. But this doesn’t mean talking about some theological theory or doctrine all of the time. I honestly think it’s a different balance for different people, and it’s something you figure out over time with different people in different situations.
And last, and most important it should be honoring to God. Everything can be kind of encapsulated in this. If our time isn’t honoring to God why are we doing it?
Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
I think one reason that many of our relationships are very weak and aren’t able to handle a lot of stress is because of our constant dependence on media. We have to immerse ourselves in the video games, television, social networking sites, and movies. People are trained by media to make relationships fake, sexual, and not that close.
I think if we spend this free time growing our relationships through edification instead of on ourselves our churches will be stronger, our families will be stronger, and our relationship with God will be stronger.
I cannot get these days straight… Day 28.
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