It is that time of year again. School is starting back. Summer is giving birth to hoodies, golden brown and orange leaves, and football. Lots of football. This is my favorite time of year. 55 degrees outside and rainy, baby! Throw in a pig skin and I am in heaven. Football, fantasy football, NFL football, high school football, playing football on the floor with my kids…Heck any type of football! That is my hobby. I love it. It helps me unwind, build relationships, and genuinely brings a great deal of joy to my life.
Hobbies are important no matter how old you are or how much time you have. Your hobby may not be football but you need at least one. You know, something you do just for fun. Something that is just for you. You need one. Whether it is knitting, reading, collecting baseball cards, or running 5k’s you need a hobby.
Here are 5 reasons you need a hobby:
1. Stress Relief
We all have way to much stress in our lives and for you to find the one thing that relieves that could mean life or death for your marriage, healthier relationships, or staying longer at your job. If you had something you could do that lowered your stress level it would make work or your boss more tolerable. It would bring some life back into your marriage. Hobbies can help lower stress!
2. You are more than your job
It’s important for you to have something that you do other than work. In a culture that says, “you are only as valuable as the job that you have”, it is important for you to have something outside of that. Whether you are creating, painting, collecting, playing, etc there is something outside of the 9-5 that makes you, you.
3. Fun is good for you
There is an old English proverb that says, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” And it’s true. If all you do is work it gets pretty boring and dull. You have to carve out time for the things you enjoy. It makes life more full.
4. New relationships
There is no easier way to meet new people than meeting people that have the same hobbies or interests as you. There is nothing like going to a Philadelphia Eagles game for me because all I have to do is show up in green and I now have 50,000 new friends! But seriously, even if you aren’t great at meeting new people and making friends is there an easier way then to connect over a hobby you both love? Hobbies create conversation and relational momentum without having to have great social skills. If you don’t have any friends find a hobby and you are bound to meet others that share the same interest.
5. God wants you to enjoy your life
Despite what the stigma is around most churches and religious organizations, God did not design the scriptures, the church, or a relationship with Him to zap all the fun out of life. Jesus actually tells us in John 10:10 that he came that we would have life and have it to the fullest. Jesus wants you to have a full life. Not only that but God actually designed 4 Old Testament feasts to remind His people to slow down, dance to some music, enjoy some good food, and relax. He really wants you to enjoy this thing called life. So get a hobby…God wants you too!
What are you waiting for?!?! Go pick up some yarn and start knitting something. Get that book you have been putting off. Join a fantasy football league. Sign up for that karate class or music lesson. Take a paint by number or pottery class. Start collecting coins or cards. Find something that you love and do it. It will be good for you, your relationships, and seriously God wants you too.
What are your hobbies? What is something you do for fun? Or what is something you want to start doing? Comment below and let me know.