How do you spend your free time?
Read: Chapter 2, “Sabbath Roots,” For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, pp. 25-48.
Author Annie Dillard writes, “How we spend our days, is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Reflect on what you do when you don’t have to be anywhere for paid work. What does your leisure time look like? What did it look like when you were a child or teen?
Consider Fulfilling Activities
In solitude, make a list of non-work time well spent. What non-work activities (or non-activities) make for a fulfilling day? How do you feel when you’ve done something on that list?
Wisdom and Our Time
God of time and creation, I know that I must learn to number my days wisely. Help me to keep hours that are free, not frantic—slow, not speedy. Teach me to see that how I spend my days is how I spend this one precious life you’ve given me. This week, during my non-work hours, help to build a life of time well spent. Amen.
Share Your Faith:
Discuss how difficult it is to find days or hours for rest, spirituality, and fellowship. Why do you think that is, and how might you change it?