Why You Need a Hobby
By Drenda Keesee
Did you know that the average American spends over 10 hours on screen time a week?
Think about what you could do with 10 hours a week!
But the sad truth is that most people are content to just sit back, put in their eight hours at the office, go home, get into PJs, and watch TV or swipe until it’s bedtime.
My guilty pleasure? Warm coffee in the morning and online shopping. Ha!
BUT I also really try to do the things that I like, the things that make me, me, the things that exercise more than just my swiping finger.
So, step away from the phone….
And take a minute to check out these tips that will help you get energized and feel a little more like you.
Hobbies Are Part of What Makes You, You.
I think the most interesting people are the people with the most interests.
God made each of us unique. But what does that even mean?
It means that there are specific things that make you unique.
For example, my daughter Kirsten is the adventurer. She is always working on her bucket list, crossing things off and adding new, sometimes mischievous, ideas and adventures. One of those was swimming with sharks.
P.S. – I’ve done that!
No, I am NOT telling you to go swim with sharks!
But, I am telling you that whatever you enjoy, that’s exactly where you need to allocate some precious time.
Your passions are your clues, and pursuing them will add meaning to your life in new and expected ways.
Did Someone Say Stress Relief?
I know sometimes it feels like it’s hard to find extra time to do anything. But…
It’s so, so important to put time and action into the things that will help you de-stress.
I have a friend who gardens as soon as she gets home from work and on the weekends. Now, is that my idea of a stress reliever? No way! But for her, it’s a way to unwind and be around something she loves, the smell of the earth and the fragrance of flowers.
Whatever you like to do, do it all the way!
Our passions were placed inside of us by God, and when we exercise those passions, whether it’s swimming with sharks or gardening, we are giving glory to Him!
First Corinthians 10:31 (NIV) tells us, “… whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God!” Amen!
God loves to see us happy, and hobbies can be an amazing source of happiness!
You may feel ordinary, but God made you with a unique combination of interests.
If your feelings are telling you who you are, DANGER!
Your emotions should work for you…
Hobbies help remind us of the exact ways that we are special and unique.
To-do Lists Can Be Fun!
Each week, I’m sure you make several to-do lists for yourself: grocery lists, weekly tasks, work deadlines, and the list goes on.
But how often do you make a fun to-do list that you look forward to?
Carving out time, even an hour a week, to do something that you truly enjoy will do wonders for your attitude.
How many times a day do you look at the clock?
My wish for you is that you spend a little time every week doing something that makes you forget the clock, something you aren’t rushing to complete.
Want to write a book?
Write a page a day. That’s 365 pages a year!
Want to get married but feel like there is no one out there?
Well, you aren’t going to meet him sitting on your couch. A lot of married couples meet while pursuing a hobby: a bike riding group, a painting class, a sporting event, a continuing education class. Plus, meeting someone who enjoys similar interests is part of the foundation for a successful marriage!
I just want to encourage you to remember that you are special. You are loved. You were created to live a happy life, a life so fulfilling that you wish you could stop the clock, instead of wishing it would go faster.
Go HERE for some Bible verses on how awesome you are!
Takeaway? God wants you to enjoy your time on earth, so don’t live life counting down the minutes.
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Drenda Keesee’s contagious zeal and humorous personal experiences help make her ministry of spiritual, emotional and relational wholeness one that will bless your life and spark a new fire in your spirit.
A wife of over 30 years and a mother of five children, Drenda has ministered at churches, seminars, and conferences, and through the mediums of television and radio, for more than 20 years.
Her books, The New Vintage Family, Better Than You Think, and She Gets It are available wherever books are sold. In these heartfelt books, Drenda shares her personal journey and the life lessons that have brought her to where she is today, as well as practical answers that all people need to live a joyful life.
Drenda and her husband Gary founded Faith Life Now, a ministry designed to spread the message of freedom in the areas of finances, faith, marriage, and family. Tune in for their weekly messages here. Faith Life Now hosts conferences worldwide, and sponsors both Fixing the Money Thing, which Drenda co-hosts with her husband Gary, and Drenda.
Through their own life experiences, the Keesees have found the principles from God’s Word to be powerful and effective. At one point, Drenda was a young, suicidal feminist with no hope of ever being “good enough” for her own standards of perfection. She never wanted the “inconvenience” of a husband or children, and she was on her own path to success. But the stress of trying to achieve perfection and perform for love left her broken and used. She had success, but it was nothing compared to the pain and loneliness it had also brought.
That’s when God got a hold of her heart. It was there—at her lowest point—that she found the One who accepted and loved her, faults and all. Since that transformation, Drenda has had a passion to reach women who find themselves where she once was.
She married Gary after attending college, and there she found herself in a personal boot camp of sorts. She says, “I cried and told God, ‘I can do anything but be a wife and mother.’” She committed to learning how to do it God’s way. Through the many years of raising their children and struggling to make ends meet, Drenda learned from their mistakes. “I didn’t know how to be a wife and mother, but God saved our marriage, taught us how to parent our children for success, showed us how to have financial success, and then irony of all ironies, He called us to ministry.” It’s truly because of these life experiences that Drenda can now share so many insightful principles for people who are now going through the same struggles.