Do You Muse?

Do you Muse?

It is amazing how much energy is spent on being amused. The word muse means to think. Amuse means not thinking. We have become a society of non-thinkers. Movies have a camera angle change every 1 second to keep our attention. Commercials are short, fast moving and very shallow. Political points are made in 30 second sound bites. We have become a society who asks for less not more in terms of stimulating thought.

I believe the pursuit of entertainment or amusement is a cause. The problem with entertainment is that it is self-focused not others focused. The statement "I'm bored" shows two things about the speaker: 1) they are focusing on self 2) it shows that the person is focused on being entertained or amused versus being productive.

Being entertained is different from playing. As children or adults play, it requires thinking, social interaction and a purpose. Playing builds skills in creative thinking, motor coordination, conflict resolution, imagination, determination, goals, etc. Entertainment does none of the above. Playing can build character and skills.

Our society accepts many of the problems today with a "Oh well it will just happen" attitude. In general, society has become lazy, focused on ourselves instead of focused on making a difference. Life leaders take an opposite approach. "I can work for the betterment of society by beginning at home."

TV during the week is greatly limited in our house. It is "amazing" what our kids are doing in place of TV. They read or practice their instrument. (They are doing what kids used to do before TV, video games and the Internet.) They go out and play with the neighbors. Both kids are now into jump roping and other physical fitness activities. When we have limited their amusement, they muse in many ways.

Pursuing amusement is an attitude so is musing. What characterizes your family? Yourself?


Ecclesiastes 6:11

"Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well."

2 Thessalonians 3:6

"In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us."

As the old saying goes, "An idle mind is the devil's workshop."

We are warned about being idle, especially in the evening. Ecclesiastes says there is a time and season for all things. Too many times we focus on the time of work during the day and are idle in the evening. Instead, in the evening, we could be building relationships, stimulating our minds, building family, exercising, planning or even resting (getting the needed sleep.)

The evening time is to focus on other areas of our life besides work.

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