Posted by: Diane | May 23, 2014

Leisure Time

Chuck Swindoll is currently radio broadcasting a series entitled, Strengthening Your Grip: Essentials in an Aimless World. He’s been teaching about finding biblical direction on issues that we face every day, including: setting godly priorities, engaging in biblical community, honouring God with your money, submitting to authority, loving your family and most recently, he’s been talking about enjoying leisure.

A couple of days ago, he challenged his listening audience with this bold question: Why must every moment of our lives be productive?

Leisure is about, “taking time to imitate God Who expressed His genius for six days and then laid back and rested. It was God Who invented the weekend.”

Interesting perspective, isn’t it?

Leisure is about finding a way to express who you are and it needs to become a part of our day, not merely a part of our year.” In our North American culture, the mindset is that we take holidays once a year, rather than experiencing leisure moments every day — minute vacations, when we rest. We don’t need to be productive all the time. We don’t need to feel guilty when we take time to rest.

Years ago, I read a survey that was given to over 1000 terminally ill patients and the top two regrets expressed by 75% of the people were that they did not, “take time for what really mattered and they did not take time to rest — that time was irretrievable and they didn’t make good use of it.” 

I think it’s about finding balance in our days . . . and in our “go-go-go world,” we need to be intentional about simplifying our lives.

This was my leisure time yesterday — bikes and swings with a dear friend.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

swings and bikes


  1. A good reminder! I need to think more about this concept!

    • Maybe so…but I think our cups of tea together are wonderful minute vacations, my friend!

  2. We have no problem with leisure over here, it’s the productivity we struggle with! 😉

  3. Wish I could have been that bike riding friend 🙂 let me know when you are coming into Orillia this week, and we can have a mini vacation 🙂 CJ

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