When you write a blog three times a week as I do, topics of interest often fall into your lap. Occasionally, however, you have to cast your nets into deep waters to find something that tickles your fancy. Today is one of those days. I tried scanning the news to see if something popped up, but no.
It’s not that there aren’t any news articles out there. There are plenty. It’s just that I’m not finding anything thought-provoking or even worthy of comment. I’m not sure if it’s merely a slow news day or if I’m just plain disinterested. Maybe it’s a combination of the two.
The Information Cycle
When the information cycle becomes boring to me, I have to search elsewhere for my inspirational ideas. Sometimes, all I have left are the dark recesses of my mind. Frankly, that’s a pretty scary place, and the results can be quite ominous. Even worse, they can often be as boring as the latest news cycle.
Having trolled around for a topic in the morass of my mind it dawned on me how bad it must have been in Biblical times. Just think about that for a second. There were no computers, no TVs, or nary a radio. Video games were unimaginable, and a trip to the movie theater was still a year or two away. Oh, the humanity.
What DID people do in those days? How did they while away the hours? I realize, for the most part, they had shorter lifespans (except for guys like Methuselah and Adam). Still, I’m guessing they didn’t work sixteen hours a day—did they? Although, if leisure time was simply a drag, maybe they did prefer working longer hours.
I checked Scripture to see if there were any references to the word, leisure. There were exactly zero. “Work,” on the other hand, had multitudinous mentions from Genesis onward. Of course, God rested on the seventh day, so I suppose that should be counted as leisure time. I suspect that God, himself, doesn’t actually need to rest. He probably did so as an example to us, since many of us tend to be workaholics.
Many of us are so bad at inactivity that the Lord had to institute rules for us to follow. We are told to take a Sabbath rest each week. This is often ignored by the bulk of humanity—Christians and Jews included. Consequently, there are those of us who literally work ourselves to death. I don’t think I’m ambitious enough to become one of those statistics. Still, I often find myself at a loss when it comes to relaxing. Doing something usually takes precedence over merely sitting around taking my leisure.
Still, there were guys like the writer of Ecclesiastes who said, “I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me (Ecclesiastes 2:17).” Yet after saying that he added, “there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work” (3:22). I guess we’re hopeless overachievers.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]