:an activity that diverts the mind from tedious or serious concerns; a recreation or pastime.
Our world is full of diversions. There are many things that keep our minds from things that really do matter. Pastimes such as sports and other activities occupy our minds and a lot of our time. These diversions are healthy in moderation but, like other good things, can be taken too far and be detrimental to us and those that are around us. Everyone needs healthy diversions occasionally, but constantly occupying our minds and time this way leaves many other things unattended.
I’ve been asked before, what are some of your favorite pastimes or hobbies? The word that always sticks in mind is pastime. It’s a word they gives me pause simply because it’s something we do to pass the time. In other words it’s how we spend our time. Spending time is a concept I think we don’t consider often enough. We all have a finite amount of time allotted to us, and we don’t know how much we have. Not knowing when that time will run out should prompt us to be very selective of what we spend that time on.
“It’ll only take a couple minutes of your time.” We‘ve all heard that from, or have said it to others before. Every time I hear that phrase I cringe a little. Because, that’s exactly what is being asked for, time. Time is precious, and we need to be aware of how we are spending it. Once time is spent it cannot be replaced. You cannot earn more, your account was filled on the day you were born and you have been spending it ever since. Time must be budgeted.
If our diversions keep us fully occupied, time slips away. We should be keenly aware of our time budget, and keep tabs on how we spend it. May we never waste it or simply just let it pass. We will regret it. As Solomon said; “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”.
Let’s make the most of our time and turn our focus toward the Lord and his ways, we will be spending our time wisely.
“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman