RECREATION

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Watchman Nee, church leader and Christian teacher in China in the 20th Century, had an interesting perspective on recreation. He encouraged his followers to participate in recreational activities that refreshed and renewed them so that they could better serve their Lord. He made a very clear distinction between recreation and entertainment.

Dictionary.com defines entertainment as “the act of entertaining; agreeable occupation for the mind; diversion; amusement.” I am struck by the definitions diversion and amusement and think of how much time (and resources) we devote to diversions and amusements while failing to be re-created and renewed for the tasks to which we’re called.

I love to be entertained as much as anyone, but I wonder if we focused more on recreation, might we be less frustrated, less emotionally and physically exhausted, and experience less burnout? It’s certainly worth a try and makes a lot of sense. And it actually costs less…

Dear Lord, draw my mind to wholesome, healthy activities that renew rather than deplete me so that I can be an effective and joyful servant. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

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