Preachers and Hobbies

Neil Richey has a thought-provoking article today about preachers finding things to do outside of their jobs. God’s workers have been known to neglect their families, as well. We need to be like the common man in that we get sufficient rest, spend time with our families and take care of our health.

Richey writes:

I believe in preachers having hobbies, don’t you? No, I’m not talking about the “hobby horses” we are sometimes guilty of riding in the pulpit.

I’m talking about the hobbies that provide temporary escapes from reality that give us a break from a life that absorbs us, virtually 24/7.

Edgar De Witt Jones, in American Preachers of To-Day, quotes:

I have no hobbies, except the hobby of work. I work about sixteen hours every day, and I work for work’s sake. I do not care anything about sports, waste no time on them. My exercise, my joy, my pleasure, my happiness, my progress, my amusement, are all found in the course of duty, in the field of service, at hard labor.

I don’t believe in this for a moment. Nor, do I believe this philosophy to be biblical. My Lord thought it important to have some personal time. On one occasion, Jesus told his disciples, “…Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while.” Why, you ask? The Bible says, “…for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat” (Mk. 6:31).

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I enjoy writing, reading and watching football. Moreover, Pinterest is relaxing to me. What about you?

The only guidelines would be that they…

1. Do not take undue time from our families or ministry

2. Are not too expensive

3. Do not harm our influence as a Christian.

4. Are not sinful.

What thoughts do you have?

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