Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"Spare Time"

You do children a disservice by allowing them to believe the meaning of life is indulging in entertainment. I liked the beginning of Matilda where she was always reading and doing "strange" things.. She enjoyed it, it was fun. But there were entertaining books.. And as they watched television, who's to really say there's Nothing they could have learned so the fact is, it's not about whether your eyes are on a book or a television set but that you enlarge the span of your knowledge, you step out of your comfort zone and take what is being offered to you, you build relationships in the real world and you put the skills you learn into practice in your life Immediately. Also, it pays to get up and do more... Stretch to allow purpose to be fulfilled and not to just be appeasing your boredom of fleshly laziness. While watching television, watch a different channel browse new programs and instead of just laughing or rehashing the stories, try also making notes of things you Learned. Your thoughts while you view are Important. What is your entertainment teaching youu? What attitudes are the media that you use beginning to form within you? Same for when you read. And while you view, multitask. They used to say you should do something during commercials, like wash dishes or work on a load of laundry or some other household chore/cleaning or have a mini workout or some other productive task but nowadays people rarely have to see commercials. What we Should do more of now, however, is view With our family. That's what's rare now. Spend time speaking to each other, connecting, sharing and simply being in close proximity. Closeness is a thing that should not be taken for granted. I cherish the memories of just sitting on a couch with my father's arm around me. We didn't have to be sitting there for hours but the point is it even meant a lot to us both for him to just have come over and been there. Invite someone to view with you or respectfully invite yourself to view with someone. Same with reading, read a book to or with someone. Regardless of age. Enrich someone Else's life enrich your lives Together. Book clubs existed for a reason. God made us all differently and it's beautiful to read the same text and hear all the various messages that may have come through with it. Also, it's a great way to bond as well as teach and learn. Just writing about this has been such a blessing for me. I leave you all to ponder the very many ways you can add more blessings into your lives if you'd just take your face out the phone and tablet and computer for a second. I know we all lead busy lives and may even rarely have time for such entertainment and that these devices have become a major tool for "communication" and resource for information but the point is that's why the little moments matter all the more. And they surely add up over time. You don't want to look back on all the times you were out with a loved one but remember having just been on the phone the whole time. So for yourself and the children in our lives, it truly pays to have intention in our every action and to make the most of the moments we are relaxing with a comedy on Netflix or scrolling through Instagram by making it about something bigger. There's always a bigger picture if we look to God; He will bring us out of ourselves enough to give us exactly what we truly need. And, for that, I thank You!

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