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How can you do God's will during leisure when the activities you love to do are those you do on your own? For example fishing and watching movies...
I love to participate in online volunteering projects but it is not really relaxing whereas while watching movies I can completely relax.
Is it considered selfish to relax after work, to take care of your mental health? Where lies the line between self-maintenance and self-gratification, which is against God's Will?

Maybe this is a strange question, but lately I don't have peace of mind anymore. I worry if while relaxing, we are not doing God's Will.

Thank you really much in advance!


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Maybe this is a strange question, but lately I don't have peace of mind anymore. I worry if while relaxing, we are not doing God's Will.

Peace of mind should result if you are balancing the three essentials to living a good life – work, play, and leisure. This is how activities are structured in the morontia worlds, so “as above, so below”!

Have you really considered that every day is a gift? Have you heard the revelation in the UB that a fragment of the Eternal Father lives in your mind and mine and knows us completely? He is ever patient with all our weaknesses, but wouldn't it be nice to show our Father that we take every day seriously, and give to our work, play, and rest the consciousness, love and creativity it deserves?

We will know we are doing His will by the joy and satisfaction we feel in our inner and outer relationships when the activities and mental attitudes we hold, are balanced. If you recognize that you are out of balance – hooray! It's by falling a lot that we learn to stand erect.


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Great reply gizmo!!! Balance and harmony describe unity of Being and is the key to Becoming. Wisdom and enlightenment are its rewards.

Here's 40+ quotes on leisure in the Papers:

https://www.urantia.org/urantia-book/se ... &op=Search

Leisure can be squandered for sure. Not all choices are equally wise or fruitful. But deep relaxation and loss of all tension and anxiety is a good thing, no matter the activity or inactivity I think. Music, art, sport, philosophy, meditation, hobby and craft, invention, critical thinking, puzzles, and problem resolution all can be elements of leisure. Leisure is the mother of culture...or can be and should be.

The UB teaches that Jesus frequently enjoyed times, even seasons, of isolation. It appears nature, books, and the observation of other people were favorite past times. Observation and contemplation while disengaged socially from immediate responsibilty and expectations is invigorating, even exhilarating to me. Such times spent in prayer, thanksgiving, and worship are very effective and profitable.

As a teenager Jesus frequented a certain hilltop with a grand view to pray and contemplate and plan. He went so often that his mother became concerned. But Jesus had lost his father at 14, and was suddenly head of household and faced many challenges in raising his siblings and providing for the entire family and estate, including education and counseling and business management and debts and even a pregnant mother and newborn baby soon to come. Tremendous pressures and obstacles to overcome. The hammer and anvil requires balance and leisure to cope and to navigate the vicissitudes of life.

We are warned about escapisms, duty avoidance, decision procrastination, and self indulgent pleasure seeking as dangerous and wasteful potentials of leisure. Such decadence is quite regressive to persons and cultures. To be lazy and irresponsible and self centered are to demonstrate misused leisure and inappropriate personal priorities.

I agree that a lack of peace of mind is a reliable indicator of misaligned motives and priorities. But this is not a function of leisure or periodic isolation per se.

God's will, according to the Papers, is not a "what"...it is a why and how question. God's will is love, truth, beauty, goodness, kindness, generosity, service, mercy, sharing, and caring. God's will is expressed by our motives, intentions, priorities, and philosophy of living. These are naturally expressed by what we choose. The "what" expresses our growing spiritization and wisdom over time.

We will learn to be better at choosing "what" as we grow. But to align our will with God's will does not require us to be as wise or experienced or perfect as God...but only to make decisions with faith and a pure heart of good motive and intention. God will always reward good intentions but outcomes are not ours to manage really. Or so I understand the teachings.

Welcome lolobaba!

Bradly. 8)


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140:10.1 (1584.4) That evening while teaching in the house, for it had begun to rain, Jesus talked at great length, trying to show the twelve what they must be, not what they must do. They knew only a religion that imposed the doing of certain things as the means of attaining righteousness—salvation. But Jesus would reiterate, “In the kingdom you must be righteous in order to do the work.” Many times did he repeat, “Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” All the while was the Master explaining to his bewildered apostles that the salvation which he had come to bring to the world was to be had only by believing, by simple and sincere faith. Said Jesus: “John preached a baptism of repentance, sorrow for the old way of living. You are to proclaim the baptism of fellowship with God. Preach repentance to those who stand in need of such teaching, but to those already seeking sincere entrance to the kingdom, open the doors wide and bid them enter into the joyous fellowship of the sons of God.” But it was a difficult task to persuade these Galilean fishermen that, in the kingdom, being righteous, by faith, must precede doing righteousness in the daily life of the mortals of earth.

140:10.2 (1584.5) Another great handicap in this work of teaching the twelve was their tendency to take highly idealistic and spiritual principles of religious truth and remake them into concrete rules of personal conduct. Jesus would present to them the beautiful spirit of the soul’s attitude, but they insisted on translating such teachings into rules of personal behavior. Many times, when they did make sure to remember what the Master said, they were almost certain to forget what he did not say. But they slowly assimilated his teaching because Jesus was all that he taught. What they could not gain from his verbal instruction, they gradually acquired by living with him.

140:10.3 (1585.1) It was not apparent to the apostles that their Master was engaged in living a life of spiritual inspiration for every person of every age on every world of a far-flung universe. Notwithstanding what Jesus told them from time to time, the apostles did not grasp the idea that he was doing a work on this world but for all other worlds in his vast creation. Jesus lived his earth life on Urantia, not to set a personal example of mortal living for the men and women of this world, but rather to create a high spiritual and inspirational ideal for all mortal beings on all worlds.

140:10.4 (1585.2) This same evening Thomas asked Jesus: “Master, you say that we must become as little children before we can gain entrance to the Father’s kingdom, and yet you have warned us not to be deceived by false prophets nor to become guilty of casting our pearls before swine. Now, I am honestly puzzled. I cannot understand your teaching.” Jesus replied to Thomas: “How long shall I bear with you! Ever you insist on making literal all that I teach. When I asked you to become as little children as the price of entering the kingdom, I referred not to ease of deception, mere willingness to believe, nor to quickness to trust pleasing strangers. What I did desire that you should gather from the illustration was the child-father relationship. You are the child, and it is your Father’s kingdom you seek to enter. There is present that natural affection between every normal child and its father which insures an understanding and loving relationship, and which forever precludes all disposition to bargain for the Father’s love and mercy. And the gospel you are going forth to preach has to do with a salvation growing out of the faith-realization of this very and eternal child-father relationship.”

140:10.5 (1585.3) The one characteristic of Jesus’ teaching was that the morality of his philosophy originated in the personal relation of the individual to God—this very child-father relationship. Jesus placed emphasis on the individual, not on the race or nation. While eating supper, Jesus had the talk with Matthew in which he explained that the morality of any act is determined by the individual’s motive. Jesus’ morality was always positive. The golden rule as restated by Jesus demands active social contact; the older negative rule could be obeyed in isolation. Jesus stripped morality of all rules and ceremonies and elevated it to majestic levels of spiritual thinking and truly righteous living.

140:10.6 (1585.4) This new religion of Jesus was not without its practical implications, but whatever of practical political, social, or economic value there is to be found in his teaching is the natural outworking of this inner experience of the soul as it manifests the fruits of the spirit in the spontaneous daily ministry of genuine personal religious experience.

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