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