“Fools waste their lives in fun and games.” Ecclesiastes 7:4
Yesterday, my youngest daughter, Susan, defended her dissertation and became a Doctor of Philosophy in Leisure Studies. Dr. Barnett defines leisure as anything you do while you are not eating, sleeping, working, or other necessary scheduled events, such as watching TV, taking a vacation, hanging out with friends, baking a pie, or playing with the grandkids.
Dr. Barnett currently teaches recreation therapy classes to prepare her students to work with people with limited physical or mental abilities, either by a brain injury, spinal cord injury, or having been born with a disability. Recreational therapists’ goal is to bring fun and games into their lives, and hopefully, if they enjoyed a leisure activity at one time, they can be fitted with equipment or ways to enjoy it again.
As an example, I watched quadriplegic patients in motorized wheelchairs bowl. A curved ramp was placed on their wheelchair, and an aide placed the bowling ball on it. Depending on how the patient maneuvered the wheelchair forward and then stopping at the right place and speed, therefore releasing the ball to roll down the alley. They had amazing scores.
Many of us waste precious leisure time with unproductive time—binge-watching Netflix series or sports all day on the weekends. But no can judge how one uses their free time. However, I would suggest spending some time resting and with the Lord.
Lord, help us chose good ways to spend time you’ve given us for our own pleasure. Amen.