How many times have you said this, “I’m bored!”? How many times have you heard your kids say, “There’s nothing to do!”?
We live in a society with so many opportunities for entertainment and engagement that we can find ourselves in ‘paralysis by analysis’.
We expect our jobs to be entertaining. Our education to be entertaining, and even our worship to be entertaining.
Now, don’t get me a wrong. I’m by no means condemning being entertained. But, we do need to manage our expectations.
People also love ‘being busy’. We value hard work to the point that some people consider you a slacker if you ONLY want to work ‘9 to 5’…no over time. Since when did doing a hard days work and going home at a decent time become lazy?
Well, I’m saying all that to say this…
The older I get, the more I appreciate moments of having ‘nothing to do’.
What some people call boredom, I call peace.
I’m encouraging you to enjoy those times and places where there’s nothing going on.
While some people search for active tourist destinations there are others looking for that small, quiet country town with absolutely nothing to do.
The next time you find yourself thinking or saying, I’m bored…stop, sit back and thank God for a moment free from chaos and a break in responsibility.
It’s actually an ideal time to spend some quality time with God in His word.
The next time you hear your kid’s complain about being bored, take their smart phone and pull up a bible app for them.
The next time you’re bored, thank God for a moment of peace.
Remember that trouble, confusion and chaos are never boring!
In a world that’s always demanding our attention for something, learn to enjoy the mental and physical vacation of a moment of boredom.
Learn to appreciate and enjoy the blessing of being bored.