Maybe it’s due to the fact that I’ve raised three teenagers or that I work with college students each week, but I’ve been noticing how people spend their free time. I’ve been noticing that some folks don’t seem to have free time at all, no margins within which to be in unhurried relationship with others and even less time to reflect on life without noise competing for those thoughts.
Do we spend our free time well? Do I? How much free time should we have? My latest project has me reading from the church fathers and mothers and their formative quests for a greater intimacy with Christ. Their disciplined pursuits are a challenge to our pleasure-seeking culture and its consumeristic underpinnings that press in on our time, attention, giving, and desires.