Our father in heaven smiles, He applauds, when we discover this gift called leisure. He wants us to enjoy leisure. Find a hobby, an activity, whether its antiquing, kayaking, remodeling, whatever it is. Find it, throw yourselves into it, and enjoy it. When you throw yourself into a hobby, youre talking about those tanks, emotionally, spiritually, physically. You say, Wait a minute? Spiritually? You mean I can antique and fish and run and I can get spiritual replenishment? Yes. The Bible says that the things, all things, are from God, and we can use those as an act of worship.
You see, leisure is the missing piece in a lot of our lives with regard to contentment. A man walked home one day and he took a long stroll, because he was in New York City. This man was a Christian, but he was exhausted. He worked the New York Stock Exchange. He gets to his house, opens the door, closes it, sits down in the la-z-boy and picks up the paper. Hes thinking, Man, finally, I can have some peace and quiet.
Hes reading the New York Times, and out of nowhere, his little seven-year-old son does a swan-dive right into his lap. Boom. Daddy! Lets play! Now, this father was a great Christian man. He loved his son. But he said, Son, I really need to relax. No, lets play, Daddy.