Let’s talk about hobbies. Hobbies are something that makes us unique and interesting. If you are single, they are a great thing to discuss on a first date. Let’s face it, a guy or girl who simply goes to work and watches TV is not too interesting. I always like to refer back to the Bible on any topic, because I see it as the standard for science, art, wisdom and knowledge. You can dispute that, but on so many things it has stood the test of time.
Here are a couple scriptures that show the different aspects of the individual:
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – I Thessalonians 5:23; NIV version
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” – Genesis 2:7; King James version
The first scripture has to do with our complete being – spirit, soul and body. Also it has to do with peace; that our different aspects are not in conflict.
In the second scripture, it is implied that are body is our ‘form’ and raw materials; our spirit is the invisible, changeable and life-giving aspect that we have originating with the breath of God – it is something we possess in some measure; and our soul is the essence and living nature of what we are – we are a ‘living soul’.
Here are some dictionary definitions:
Spirit – to breathe (from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000)
Soul – the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life (from Merriam-Webster)
Body – The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the physical person. (from Webster-Dictionary.net)
A Creative Hobby
Like the invisible aspect of spirit, a creative hobby is to produce something that is not currently in existence. Some people with simply say, ‘I am not creative.’ But that is a copout, it is not the truth. To say this, it would mean that we are nothing like our Creator who made us in His image. Humans are too complicated to simply be classified as right-brain or left-brain. We certainly excel in different areas, but we all have the capability to create and to build. Also creative hobbies are benefitted by studying on the subject, so intellectual pursuit is included in this. We study established methods to excel at our creative hobby.
Hobbies along this vein would include furniture making, knitting, cooking, writing, gardening, playing an instrument, etc.
A Social Hobby
Along the lines of our soul being our essence, our nature, and our alive aspect, this seems to go along with the fact that we need, and are enriched by other people. Ironically, social media is often more of a creative hobby or simply can be just a waste of time. Social media only shows the side we want to portray, and is often to the detriment of our person to person relationships. A social hobby should be something productive and selective in whom we involve ourselves with. Stopping at the bar after work would not qualify in that it is random and not selective, and probably is to the detriment of our primary relationships, such as our family. Our family is the unit by which humanity – life is perpetuated, so it is integrally tied up with the living soul concept.
Examples of social hobbies would be camping, being in a band, sewing groups, volunteer groups, basketball games, baseball leagues, game nights, mom’s night out activities. These hobbies often overlap creative and athletic hobbies – they are hobbies that we do selectively with others.
An Athletic Hobby
To live a well-rounded life, we need to make sure our bodies do not simply atrophy. We should strengthen them and develop them so we can keep up with the demands of life. It can be a challenge having young children who seem perpetually energetic, but it is illustrative of how we need to keep active just to keep up with them and to be a good role model. It is good to show progress, to keep challenged always, no matter what our age.
Examples of athletic hobbies would be dancing, golf, swimming, hiking, biking, running, tennis, basketball, triathlons. Walking is also a great hobby to keep us conditioned.
I think it is a very good thing to diversify into a few meaningful hobbies. If one has too many interests, we can also become unbalanced and scattered. But to focus on some meaningful ones, it provides focus and spice to life.
“I have seen that nothing is better than that man should be happy in his activities, for that is his lot. For who will bring him to see what will occur after him?” – Ecclesiastes 3:22; New American Standard Bible