Boredom

Over the past few months I have observed several young people post on their Facebook status that they are bored. So much so, that even though I understand what boredom is I decided to look it up in the dictionary. The first definition is – tired of the world; bored with life and the second  is uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence. Opposite of interested. Boredom is defined as an emotional state experienced during periods lacking activity or when individuals are uninterested in the opportunities surrounding them.

I too have said “I’m bored”! I wonder if Jesus ever said he was bored or even thought it? I doubt it!

Boredom seems to say, there is an empty spot with me that wants to be filled and we get to choose what we fill it with. If we choose carelessly, that can be dangerous

I believe it will be spiritually profitable for us to consider the following verses from Colossians next time “boredom comes knocking”.

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ — that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Col 3:1-2 (from THE MESSAGE)

Pursuing, “setting your heart on Christ” involves continuity. Our flesh is fighting hard for the affection of our hearts.

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life — even though invisible to spectators — is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too — the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.  And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk. Col 3:3-8 (from THE MESSAGE)

Next time you feel bored…Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.  Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, Ps 105:4-5

4 comments for “Boredom

  1. Corryn Pierini
    April 14, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Excellent verses, Janice!! I’ve had to learn that all over again the last few years…having to stay at home a lot, but couldn’t seem to spend it productively! I’m so thankful to God He changed my heart once again, and now I pursue and choose the good things, to the best of my ability! It makes a huge difference in my whole mind-set. Thanks so much for the great thoughts!

  2. April 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Janice,
    Good post. I just wish I had the time to be bored, sometimes!

  3. jel
    April 14, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Mom is bored all the time, she wants to get and go all the time! her friends are gone and the ones still here, are to busy! she loves to talk too! but all she has is me
    and i don’t like too talk or be on the go! 🙁

    oh thanks for stopping by and for your comment 🙂

  4. April 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Excellent! Thanks, Janice.

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