How do you spend your free time?

Are you deliberate in using your time or are you spending it aimlessly and without purpose?

An excerpt from today’s second reading:

Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity. — Ephesians 5:15-16

How do you spend your time, especially your free time?

We have to admit that most of us do not have total control over the time we spend at work, especially if you’re employed like I am. 

But, most of us have complete control over our free time.

Are you deliberate in using your time or are you spending it aimlessly and without purpose?

Are you making the most of your free time or are you wasting it by mindlessly browsing the internet (guilty)?

Are you using your free time to pursue your dreams, to create art, to build a business, to grow in your career, to improve yourself, or are you wasting it by scrolling endlessly through your social media newsfeed (guilty again)?

How we spend our free time may spell the difference between living our life to the fullest or remaining stuck in life.

Most importantly, while we should spend our every moment with God, our free time is what gives us the opportunity to grow even closer to Him, to know Him more, to grow in His Word and wisdom.

Knowing Him more is the best way we can spend our free time, for life comes from knowing Him more.

Let whoever is simple turn in here; To the one who lacks understanding, wisdom says, Come, eat of my food, and drink of the wine I have mixed! Forsake foolishness that you may live; advance in the way of understanding. — Proverbs 9:4-6

This is also what Jesus, the Word of God and the Bread of Life, tells us in today’s Gospel:

Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. — John 6:57

We have life not only when we partake of Him in the Eucharist, but also when we feed on Him, the Word of God.

Spend your time wisely. Be purposeful and deliberate in spending your time.

 

P.S. Lately, I have been spending a lot of time on Twitter or mindlessly scrolling through it. But, today’s readings reminded me to spend more time with God, to know Him more. I’ll be reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church every night again, instead of browsing through Twitter. If I may, spend 15 minutes of your free time every night or morning reading the Bible and you’ll be able to finish it in a little over a year. That’s how I finished my Bible for the first time. If you’re commuting, you can download a Bible app or read an ebook. That’s always better than wasting time on social media.


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