Sunday Blessings

15 April 2012

{source: google.de via Elizabeth Rose on Pinterest}

Recently I've been feeling convicted about how very little real time I spend productively. Sure, I complete all my schoolwork by the time its due, and most of the time I finish the chores that are prescribed to me for said day. But what I wish to address today is my free time and how I spend it.

Sometimes it feels beyond wonderful to come home from a long day spent out at my tutorial and dance studio to a cup of hot tea and a book. The problem is . . . that doesn't happen enough. In my mind, reading a good book and sipping some Twinings Irish Breakfast tea would be my ideal. But all too often, I am distracted by the computer for an hour or so, and then its bedtime and my day is through. And when in bed — because all my deep thoughts cannot come in the middle of the afternoon and simply must come knocking when I require sleep — I reflect upon the fact that I have traded the opportunity to "improve my mind through extensive reading", or even better, spend time meditating on Scripture, all for an hour spent pinning things on Pinterest.
"I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God." — Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
Is it worth it? In the long run, will the photos I pin and repin on Pinterest make any lasting impact on my life? Will they guide me in the Scriptures and the ways of the Lord? Will they help me learn better how to follow in His ways? Will they teach me anything meaningful?

It's a touchy subject, I know. And sometimes my brain is too exausted to do much more than look at pretty things on Pinterest — especially when it seems I've spent every waking minute up to that point either stretching my mental capacities at tutorial or my physical capacities at dance. But that sort of weariness does not happen as often as I get on Pinterest, or Google+, or Gmail, or Blogger. And I'm passing my valuable time in a manner that is not necessarily wrong, but not very productive either.

 woah.
{source: piccsy.com via Elizabeth Rose on Pinterest}

Wrenching myself away from the computer is hard, I confess. It's something upon which I need to work. A lot. But I am growing increasingly aware of the fact that time is short. Days slip through my fingers like sand, days I can never reclaim. I don't want to waste a minute of it.

6 epistles:

  1. This was so beautiful and true Lizzy. I'm thinking about doing some sort of collaboration/meme/challenge on my blog regarding this. It seems like many bloggers (and everyone) have the same problem, especially me. So, I feel I should start to remedy it. I haven't posted anything up yet, but would you mind if I used some of your pins? I'll credit you with the idea that spurred me to write my own post.

    xx,
    Liz B

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  2. You inspired me. :)

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  3. I just so happened to have stumbled upon your lovely blog, and am so very glad that I did. The contents in this very post is something that I have recently been battling with lately, myself. In fact, just yesterday, I took the plunge and deleted my Pinterest account. Because truth to be told, pinning + re-pinning photos is not meaningful and worth it. It's precious time being wasted on (for the most part) materialistic images.

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  4. I love you, darling! You put it in a perspective that is very thought provoking and invigorating. I have been pondering these same thoughts. There are just some things in life that are senseless and end up lessening the impact we have as individuals and Christians. Facebook and Pinterest don't help...

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  5. This is a very good post, and encouraging.

    Thank you, and the Lord Jesus bless you!

    In Him;
    April

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  6. When I read this post, I was quite challenged by it, Elizabeth. It has been something I've thought of a lot lately, too. I find it too that it takes a lot of discipline for me to get away from the computer, when I could use more of the time I waste browsing blogs and basically wasting time on more profitable and edifying things of life, on prayer and more reading of God's Word.

    May the Lord Jesus help us turn our eyes on Him more, not on the things that will not satisfy.

    Love in Him,
    ~Joy

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