Join me over at For The Family as I talk about why I sometimes get bored. You may feel the same too.
“I’m so booorrred!” This is not just an exclamation whinnied by thousands of children during summer break, on the weekends, or any other time they don’t have anything exciting to do. This is a word adults use and feel all too often as well. I have my days of being bored, of counting down the hours before Joe gets home hoping that he will bring with him extra excitement and enthusiasm for life that will rub off on me.
As I started thinking about the issues of boredom I realized that it is a part of the curse, a part of a broken people brought on by Adam.
Here are a some reason why I experience boredom. They may be your reasons as well.
I might as well start out with the most obvious reason for my boredom. Laziness. Laying around not wanting to do the things that are on my list pretty much always leads to me being bored and feeling blah. The hours tick by slower than molasses in January, I get frustrated and my mood sours. Nothing good comes out of being lazy.
2. Taking grace for granted
My kids are spoiled at Christmas. Relatives from all over the world shower them with gifts causing them to say things like, “this is the best present ever” or “I will never ever put this doll down” only to find this same doll flung in a corner a week or so later with matted hair.
Instead of being thankful for the clothes I have, no matter how old, I stand in front of my closet complaining that I have nothing to wear because I am bored with what I see. Why? Because I take it for granted.
James is pretty clear about the fact that every good thing in our lives is a gift from God. My T-shirts, my 15 year old couch, dishes, shoes, toys and every other things I possess are blessing and graces because I not deserve them. I deserve nothing but hell, but Jesus gave me life. That is enough! If I really understood this I would not be bored. I would see blessings and graces he has added to this redeemed life. I would cherish all the things I have, the people in my lives and circumstances I am in.