Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Good Morning,
I pray that the day is finding you well.

Wasting time, I have been thinking about wasting time.

When I think about this, and write this, wasting time seems like such a bad idea; to do nothing particularly productive has many connotations, most of which are not good connotations. When I think of wasting time the first word that comes to mind is “lazy,” a term that is frowned upon by society.

From the time we are little we are taught to be productive; we are groomed to be productive. That a second lost cannot be recovered, that being productive is the proper way we are supposed to live our lives. So we learn to fill every moment of our day “being productive.” This gets translated into going from work to other commitments to coming home and working around the house until it is time for bed. If we have time we turn on the tube but even then it is to watch something that we can discuss with others; a favorite show, or game. We have turned everything into being productive. We fill our minds with schedules and plans, all of which is to not “waste” time.

I was reading, Brennan Manning, Posers, Fakers, & Wannabes (unmasking the real you); A book that comes from a chapter in one of his other works Abba’s Child, a book that is actually directed at teens and young adults.

I was being productive.

In it he makes the following observation. “Intentionally “wasting” time with God enables me to speak and act from strength greater than my own, to forgive instead of nursing the bruise, to give without expecting to give back. All of which, you can see, makes me much more pleasant to be around.” Brennan Manning, Posers, Fakers, & Wannabes (unmasking the real you).(Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2003),66.

Wasting time with God, sitting and doing nothing particularly productive.

Wasting time with God, not worrying about what others may think.

Wasting time with God, not worrying about what we think has to be done at the moment.

Just wasting time with God and relaxing in His arms.

Actually enjoying be in relationship with Him and sitting with Him.

Wasting time with God, talking with Him, telling Him about your day, simply being quiet with God.

Something to think about.

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