How to waste time

July 28, 2010

I don’t go to very many movies, so when I do, I rather enjoy the trailers.  Diane hates them.  They’re a waste of time.  She’s a busy girl. She works hard running her own business.  She doesn’t have time to waste time.

Our discussion about going to the show early enough to catch the trailers got me thinking about wasted time.  Sometimes wasted time is time well spent.  Relaxing and taking a break can make us more productive.  (Diane would say that she can’t relax if she isn’t enjoying the experience, and, watching trailers is not an enjoyable experience for her.)

The Bible tells us to take a Sabbath rest for good reason.  We need to take a break now and then.

The question arises, “What is a good waste of time?”  I think I have a few examples.

Bad waste of time:  Watching television in one room while your spouse or kids do the same in another

Good waste of time:  Watching family-friendly television together with your kids- and talking about it during the commercials.

Bad waste of time:  Reading the newspaper looking for Truth.

Good waste of time: Reading with your kids and talking about good guys, bad guys. (And talking about Truth and fiction.)

Bad waste of time:  Exercising just so you look good.

Good waste of time: Taking your kids sledding, dragging the sled up the hill for them and talking about servanthood.   Playing with your kids and talking about spiritual health.

Bad waste of time:  Playing solitaire on the computer

Good waste of time:  Playing board games with your family and talking about fairness and character.

Bad waste of time:  Listening to music with headphones while others are in the room.

Good waste of time:  Listening to what your kids listen to and asking them about the lyrics (They do too hear the words.  You remember the words from the songs that you liked as a kid still todayJ)

Bad waste of time:  Commuting two hours because the pay is better.

Good waste of time:  Going for a ride with your family and talking about the blessings you have.

“There is a time for everything.  There’s a time for everything that is done on earth.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1

Here’s one more good waste of time.  Have your kids find Ecclesiastes in their Bible Read the entire third chapter together and talk about it.

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