MAKING A HOBBY OF LIFE

What I love: learning Theology (the study of Who God is), health, exercise, contemplating the uniqueness of women and men from each other. All of these have become more or less a hobby. We have only one life to invest down here on earth and I am more than ever motivated to delve into many truths with pleasure and hope. I am making my greatest interests into hobbies.

It is a pleasure to ride my bike long distances . . . I ride twelve to twenty miles at a time; my phone App tells me I ride 10 mph. I enjoy learning about the food I eat; how “. . . out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food . . .” (Genesis 2:9)

Health and beauty can combine, too. From ancient Bible wisdom you get hints: “You were decked with gold and silver; and . . . you did eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and you were exceeding beautiful . . . “. This reads like a recipe for good bread. (Ezekiel 16:13)

One of my hobbies is learning how to keep my body “which is the temple of the Holy Ghost.” Also consider the spirit and soul “He restores my soul”. Psalm 23 has been fun and energizing and hopeful. “What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you . . . and you are not your own . . .” (I Corinthians 6:19) I am His, and He is mine.

Does our Creator really tell us how to live well? I affirm that He does, Living by the wisdom of Scripture is exciting; it gives gentle hints and instruction throughout. Sometimes it seems hidden in places like Ezekiel, but you see it more and more as you look for and live by it. Read it every day. If you do, if you live by the Word of God, the result will improve the way you think. Your manner of life will be more steady and firm.

Remember Ezekiel about eating fine flour (whole grains, of course) and oil and honey? That is the basis of the healthiest, best bread. And Jesus is the “bread of life”. Gradually, my hobby has improved my faith as well. “And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me will never thirst.” (John 6:35)

“Having life more abundantly” sounds like God has laughter, enjoyment, delight, fun, pleasure in store for you; sort of like making a hobby of living well. (John 10:10)

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