In most neighbourhoods today, there is a daily pattern: a garage door opens, a car drives out, and the occupants head to work. Later that day, the car returns, the garage door opens, and the car disappears. Nancy Whitney-Reiter notes that if an alien were to visit our planet, he or she might observe: "You know, these people are all living in boxes. Then they get in their box on wheels, drive to another box (their office), probably spend all day working in front of a box (their computer), then drive home again, disappear back into their box, and sit and watch a box (their televisions) all night." 

There are many benefits of getting outside. It clears our heads, the fresh air is good for us, and we get in touch with God's world.

George Washington Carver once said, "I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting system, through which God speaks to us every hour, if only we the in." 

Here are a few ideas for getting outside:

  1. Plan a BBQ or eat al fresco in your own backyard.
  2. Take a walk around your neighbourhood.
  3. Sit outside and write in a journal. 
  4. Go outside at night and do some star gazing. 
  5. Spend you next lunch hour in a nearby park. 
  6. Pack a picnic and head to a lake or forrest somewhere.

Is it time to get out of your box… literally?