I’ve been trying to grow closer to Christ for the last few months, and have been thinking of vanity (as in triviality, foolishness) of much that I do.
I have always been very much into hobbies, but I realize upon reflection that must of them do not bring me any spiritual reward, and only serve as a distraction from what is most important. My heart longs for perfection, but I fear that there is still an attachment to the world and its allures.
So, for example, I decided to drop interests which are clearly pointless, such as archery, or bushcraft, but I am not clear about other things.
For example, I have a degree in music, but at this moment I don’t see how I could use this for the service of our Lord, as I neither play the organ or sing. I could compose music in His glory, but I think my time would be better spent in prayer and study of His word. Yet, I don’t want to waste the knowledge that I have.
Or how about learning Latin? I want to learn it because it’s the language of the Church, and because it’s beautiful, but is this not a sort of self-interest? I don’t know, and I don’t have any clear guidelines.
I guess my question is: how do you decide where to prune and where not to prune? How do you distingish between a vain pursuit and a useful one?