Devotion: The Purpose of Leisure

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“A great deal that we do is not leisured but a kind of working at pleasure that can be nervous idleness. Yet, what we do purely for pleasure may have the greatest and least suspect influence on us.” – Rosalie de Rosset

I’ve been reading the book Unseduced and Unshaken by Rosalie de Rosset. This statement brought two questions to my mind after reading it; questions that I believe are very much connected to each other.

How do I view my free time – what is its purpose?


Where do I find my thoughts when not intentionally fixed on Christ?

I wish I could say that my mind is always effortlessly focused heavenward, but it’s not.

I must admit that I view leisure as an opportunity to partake in mindless activity. As a mom with young kids I want time to just sit at the end of the day and ‘do nothing‘. 

Something that requires absolutely no thinking.

But is this really how the Lord intends me to use this time?

My leisurely activities have a powerful way of directing the current of my thoughts.  

A great example of this is social media. When I spend the majority of my free time on social media, this is where my mind naturally drifts.

“What did she think about my post?”…

“Who liked my picture?”…

“I wonder what so-and-so thinks about that status update!” …

There is a danger when we allow these kinds of leisurely activities to become the normal daily rhythms that consume our thoughts and ultimately distract us from fixing our mind where it should be – on Jesus.

The Lord is showing me that all my choices matter, including how I choose to spend my free time. I can choose to spend it in ways that cultivate distraction or cultivate godliness. 

So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. – Ephesians 5: 15


Lord, help me to be intentional and wise about how I spend my free time. I pray that I would be careful not to engage in activities that would distract me from keeping my gaze fixed on you.

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