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Dangers of Idle Time

What do you do in your idle time? Do you work on something else, veg out, flip channels, check social media or shop?

I love working outside, walking, reading, spending time with friends and family, and occasionally watching a good movie.

But idle time can be dangerous. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, defines it as the state of doing nothing, not employed, inactive; even involving the sense of being unprofitable; not tending to edification or building others up.

In 2 Samuel 11, we read that it was spring, the time of year when kings went to battle. King David sent his men out to defeat enemies, but he stayed behind. And in his free time, he spotted Bathsheba, which led to sin and the horrible consequences that followed.

Like David, we can be tempted and fall into traps that idle time presents. We’ve got to know our weakness, put a protective guard around us, and renew our mind on things that are excellent, pure, praiseworthy, holy and noble.

We’re stewards of more than money. God gives us 24 hours every day to use in productive ways for His glory. Besides resting, we’re to invest time in the lives of our family, church and community.

We should be aware of ways we can use free time to help others. Helping is something anyone can do. It doesn’t require money. But if we’re immersed in things that prevent us from doing what’s right, we miss out on the blessing of being used by God.

So, be alert. Ask Him to show you how to use your time

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