Some people receive the term hobbyist with negative connotations. If someone is serious about writing, they think, he or she won’t practice hobby writing. But, seriously, why care? Want to write as a hobby? GREAT! God gives us multiple vocations and, as children demonstrate every day, even our “play” can ultimately serve our neighbors well.( And I mean that even if all writing—or thinking through ideas—does is help you focus now and again!)
If you are still not convinced that hobbies deserve a little valuable attention, I’d like to propose that shifting focus to diverse tasks exercises different parts of our brain in some of the best possible ways.
In more theological speak, we have multiple vocations give to us by God through Baptism and His Word. Multiple areas of loving service is a typical part of Christian life!
Our God means it as He has revealed, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8).
Sometimes the value of what we do is hidden, and that’s ok. Sometimes all we can do is “think about these things.” Still, who knows what good our Lord can bring out of our own exercises, mental or otherwise? 🙂 Ha, just don’t forget to serve your immediate neighbors, too!
Anyway, a blessed weekend to you—hobby writing or otherwise!