by Larry Hehn on August 3, 2015

timeA few nights ago my wife and I, looking for a break from a busy week, decided to crash on the sofa and watch a movie. After flipping through the Netflix directory for several minutes and failing to find anything that excited the two of us, we settled for the 1996 John Travolta/Christian Slater flick Broken Arrow.

As reviewer Don Kaye describes it, Broken Arrow “delivers a number of exciting action sequences but is let down by a credibility-straining plot.”

While it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen (that distinction belongs to 1984’s Night Patrol), it was far from the best. As the credits started to roll I turned to my wife and said, “Well, that’s 109 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.”

When it comes to time and what we do with it, I’ve determined we have three options:

  1. Waste it. When my time is “wasted”, it’s used up in pursuits that don’t generate anything of value for me or anyone else. Things like worrying. Mindless entertainment. Looking for ways to be offended. Plotting revenge. Posting angry rants. Reading angry rants. People magazine. Night Patrol.
  2. Spend it. When my time is “spent”, it’s used up in pursuits that may be worthwhile, may be necessary, but offer little long term impact on me or those around me. Things like sleeping. Eating. Making the bed. Mowing the lawn. Shaving. Ok, the necessity of shaving is debatable…
  3. Invest it. When my time is invested, it generates a return not just for myself, but for others. Things like praying. Visiting the sick and lonely. Making meals for those who don’t have the time or means. Learning a new skill with practical applications. Teaching someone a new skill. Offering sincere hope and encouragement. Seeking and pointing out the good. Mending fences. Seeking reconciliation. Choosing not to be offended.

The next 24 hours are going to go by anyway. With those three options before me, the hope for a positive legacy lies in how much I focus on category 3. What I do with my time is entirely up to me.

Who or what will you invest your time in today?

What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen?

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God, my children are driving me crazy!

by Larry Hehn on May 6, 2013

frustratedSilently I screamed my prayer. “God, my children are driving me crazy!”

“They have this attitude of entitlement. Whenever they approach me with a need or want, they expect me to drop everything and give it to them NOW.”

“Sometimes it isn’t even a request; it’s a demand. Heck, sometimes they expect me to meet their petitions without even bringing them to my attention.”

“They’re ungrateful for just about everything I do for them. It’s like they expect me to hand them the world on a plate. And when I don’t, they whine and moan that it isn’t enough.”

“When I ask something of them, no matter how simple, they roll their eyes and grumble about how ‘unfair’ things are. They don’t want to lift a finger in return.”

“When I let them experience hardships, in hopes that they will learn and grow, they complain that I’ve abandoned them, that I just don’t care.”

“They ignore my instruction. It’s as if they think the rules I lay out for them are only to inconvenience and torture them. They don’t seem to realize I’m pointing these things out because I care about their well-being and want what’s best for them.”

“Seems like no matter what I do, it’s wrong in their eyes. I’m their advocate, but they view me as their enemy. They don’t want anything to do with me. I wish they could understand how much I love them.”

“God, my children are driving me crazy!”

God whispered in reply, “I know. I have children too.”

“About 7 billion of them.”

“One of them is you.”


Fun Things To Do When You’re Bored

by Larry Hehn on November 30, 2012

boredDoes the world really need another list of fun things to do when you’re bored? Maybe not. But just think of the possibilities!

I was bored last week, and hopped online to see what the interwebs had to say about fun things to do when you’re bored. Frankly, I was disappointed with what I found.

I thought, surely the Christian in the Rough community could come up with a rocking list that would stand head and shoulders above any other list out there.

So today, I’m asking for your help.

What fun things can you think of to do when you’re bored? Let’s get as many suggestions in the comments as possible. Just one rule: each activity must be fun for all involved – nothing that disturbs or harms someone else. Ok, let’s go! I’ll start with a few…

  • Pray.
  • Try to peel an orange or an apple and keep the entire peel in one piece.
  • Find a puddle and splash in it. If there are no puddles around, grab some water and make your own.
  • Pretend you are a CSI agent. Spot some fibers across the room and make up a story about how they got there.
  • Yawn in public and see how long it takes for someone else to yawn.
  • Pray.
  • Walk around with a Slinky, asking people where the nearest escalator is. Walk away singing the Slinky Song.
  • Go to the park and swing on a swing. Remember to yell, “Whee!” every time you swing forward.
  • Figure out what you would change your name to if you suddenly went gangsta.
  • Start a conversation using a banana as a pretend phone. After a while, hand it to someone and say, “It’s for you.”
  • Pray.
  • Read this post out loud in your best Christopher Walken, Gilbert Gottfried, William Shatner or Julia Child voice.
  • Race grapes in the microwave.
  • Find verses in Proverbs that can be written as a haiku.
  • Two words: Gangnam style.
  • Pray.

What other fun things can you think of to do when you’re bored?