Living Transformed: Make Time for Free Time

The other day, someone asked me what I like to do when I have time for fun, and I totally blanked. Who on Earth has any spare time these days? I started thinking, and could not come up with a single, solid answer.

I used to swim. It calmed my mind, and gave me incredible, mood enhancing endorphins. I always loved art and painting. It relaxed me and helped me express my creativity when I could not always put things to words. But as time passed, I lost the energy for my passions.

Philippians 4:9 reads, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” I believe God wants us to seek things that will bring glory to Him and bring peace to our hearts. If we do not live joyfully, we cannot spread the love of Christ. The tricky part is finding the time.

Designate Me Time

If you are a parent, a spouse, or just have demanding friends and family, designate a time for solitude. In order to spare feelings, let loved ones know ahead of time that you will be unavailable. Put your phone on silent, or better yet: airplane mode! Set up a schedule for yourself so you know that each week you will have some way to relax or do something that makes you smile.

It could one hour of meditation a week, maybe it is 15 minutes of piano a day. But taking those 15 minutes to focus, relax, and be present can be life changing. You can read a book, start a journal, or listen to your favorite music in solitude.

In Genesis 2, God rested after the Creation. He set aside time (an entire day to be exact) to relax after completing His hard work. So shut off your phone, lock that door, and do what makes you happy while also bringing glory to God!

Invite others to Join!

Maybe you feel guilty about taking time for fun, or you simply like the company of others! There are so many ways to find enriching activities to do with your friends.

My sister recently joined a community choir with her best friend as a way to get involved with her city and to use her talents for God. Every now and then, I like to attend/host painting parties as a way to relax and spend time with my sisters in Christ! There are so many ways to share your hobbies with the people you love.

Learn When to Say ‘No’

Knowing when to say ‘no’ is one of the most difficult concepts to grasp when you are used to being a yes person. I know it feels like you have to be everywhere at once or that you are letting someone down by not constantly being available, but really and truly, this is not the case.

It is physically impossible to be everywhere at once and expect to have time to nurture your own needs. Once you are able to understand this and apply it to your life, it is as if a weight lifts off your shoulders. You will begin to feel more joy and have time to do the things you love.

God does not want us to feel like we are forced to give our time. If something is done without a cheerful heart, then it is not pleasing to Him. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, it is written that “each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”.

You Can Do It!

It might seem impossible or just plain nuts to think that you could set aside time for fun. With time and practice, you will find ways to work fun into your schedule and to rediscover your passions! Just remember Philippians 4:13, “ I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

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