What is your Hobby?
By Kimberly Chastain
When you saw the title
of this article, what was your reaction? Did you groan?
Did you get excited? Did you say, “Who has time
for a hobby”? I use to hate when people asked
me that question, especially when my children were infants
to preschoolers. I remember saying, “I don’t
have a hobby, I have children.”
I think God wants us to
play and relax. Even though hobby is not specifically
listed in the Bible. Remember Ecclesiastes 3:1; “There
is a time for everything, and a season for every activity
under heaven…” Does a time for everything
include hobbies? The Bible did say everything, which
sounds pretty inclusive to me.
As a little girl, what
did you enjoy doing with your free time? What did you
do to relax or just to have fun? As adults we often
forget how to have fun or somehow feel like we are goofing
off. I still remember my Dad liked to color and sometimes
after a hard day of work would sit down and color. We
kind of thought that was funny, but he enjoyed it. I
used to enjoy playing piano. Recently, we were given
a piano for our home. I have started playing maybe 15
minutes a day and trying to improve on my rusty skills.
Playing the piano has been truly relaxing for me. It
calms me down and I feel I have some mastery over something.
The piano does not talk back, even though I make a mistake.
I’m amazed what 15 minutes can do for me and my
Moms, I know you are incredibly
busy and sometimes you just want to crawl in bed at
night and sleep. I would encourage you to find maybe
only 15 minutes a week to start to do something you
enjoy doing. Maybe it is a hobby from childhood or a
new hobby. Take the time to “goof off” and
do something for yourself. Maybe it is getting a massage
or manicure once a month. You deserve it. Taking a little
time for yourself will make a big difference in your
© 2004 Kimberly Chastain
About the Author
Kimberly Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working
Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
She was recently featured in the book the Myth of the
Perfect Mother. She is the author of “Help, I
Just Can’t Say No” and Pearls of Encouragement
for Christian Working Moms. To schedule a free, initial
coaching session send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://www.christianworkingmom.com.
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