What To Do, What To Do

Do you have any hobbies. What is it you do that helps the stress go away. While most of us this week are sitting in our houses with nothing to do, others I know are taking advantage of the time they are not at work to focus on their hobby(ies) like they rarely can.

Over the years I have had many hobbies. When I was a teenager I was really into Native American regalia and refinishing wood furniture. Later I got into braiding plastic lace. That is how I quit smoking. When I was watching TV, I needed something to do with my hands. Braiding lac was the thing. I can’t remember how many whistle lanyards I braided but I know it was a lot.

Prayer Rope in Process

Later in my life I learned started to do woodwork. My dad did woodwork for as long as I could remember. I would get aggravated with him when he wanted me to come out and help him cut down a large sheet of plywood into something he could handle by himself. I wish I had those days back. When I started doing woodwork dad was slowing down. I have most of his tools in my garage now but I don’t do a long of work anymore. First and most importantly, with my inner ear issues I can’t handle the saws for very long. Second, I just don’t have the room in a one-car garage.

Almost 30 years ago I saw a man preach a sermon in a style he called “Chalk Talk.” It was a mesmerizing sermon and I was determined to learn how to do it. Several years passed before I did anything about it, but the right combination of things happened and I took some art classes. I did quite a bit of drawing to develop skills before I actually did the chalk talk. There are numerous pieces hanging in my house and others I gave away. The first of two Sundays came for me to do chalk talks. It went well for both but they were the most difficult sermons I ever did. A year or two later, I was at a new church and I did a four-part series, one of which, I said I would NEVER do again. I have stuck to it. When I moved away from my art teacher that hobby stopped.

That is when guitar started. There are many aspects to it and no matter where I am, there is usually something in it I can do. I really enjoy playing. I am not very good. My guitar skills will never be mistaken for the likes or Roy Clark or Chet Atkins. I still like to play. I like to collect. Most of my guitars don’t have a lot of value but I still enjoy them. Along the same lines, I am restoring a guitar I have almost finished. Even when I am out and don’t have a guitar with me, I can do something with this hobby. If I can find a piece of paper and something to write with, I can write song lyrics.

There are a few other hobbies. Wood carving and paracord projects are also high on that list. The bottom line on all this is, we all need diversions in our life. We need things allowing our minds, hearts, and souls opportunity to reset and to focus on something besides the regular grind.

Last school year, early in the year as I was still learning the kids, I asked them about their favorite hobby. I had one young man write, “Brushing my hair.” He did have nice looking hair.

The Guitarsenal – Lola is no longer here and I have yet to add a few others. And yes, all of them have names.

What is your favorite hobby? For me, without a doubt my favorite is guitar. If you ever walk into my living room it becomes pretty obvious. From where I am sitting as I type, I see seven guitars and a ukulele. There are more than that, that is what I can see from where I sit. Right after my dad’s death guitar helped me through my grief. I wrote song lyrics. I’ve never put them to music so I guess you would really need to call them poetry. I will share those with you on another day.

So what is your favorite hobby? What is your diversion that gives you the opportunity to decompress and focus on something different? Leave yours in the comments below. And remember, those hobbies are gifts from God. God gave them to you to use them.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the Genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
Permission given for the non-commercial use of this information.


Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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