hot topic: not bored

“I’m bored!”  My kids are on Summer Break & I’d like to avoid the “I’m Bored Syndrome” that can occassionally creep into the Summer days.  I definitely remember these seasons as a kid, so I’d jet outside & do lots of different things like bike riding for a few hours, learn new tricks on our trampoline, continue exploring the canal behind our house and find varieties of mischief.  As an adult, I get bored sometimes with the mundane & hanker for some adventure.

If you find yourself “bored” even though you might be busy, here are some ideas to make the boredom evaporate:

  • prayer:  there are so many adventures in prayer, that I always seem to be learning & discovering new things, probably because God is so infinitely creative
  • exercise:  taking a walk, going swimming, bike riding, gardening, enjoy a walk with a friend
  • reading:  consider reading something you don’t normally read – poetry, blogs, newspapers, fiction, non-fiction, history, how-tos, . . . .
  • look up and imagine:  ever remember laying on the grass in the Summer & imagining the clouds to be dragons or horses, frogs, castles, birds, . . . . I used to make up stories to go with the clouds, like my own fictional narrative & very entertaining
  • memorize some Bible verses & maybe even a chapter:  occupy your mind with the ultimately creative and engaging Word of God 🙂
  • try some new recipes – Summer is always a blast to try new cooking stuff:  grilling, fresh combinations of various veggies & fruits
  • check out this UBER cool video:  super encouraging!!

Sometimes, I think we get bored because we aren’t actively engaged in the place & space we presently occupy.

Sometimes, I think we get bored because we’ve become too consumed with busy & we’ve forgotten to “be” first.

Sometimes, I think we get bored because the Holy Spirit is inviting us to some fun adventures.

Sometimes, I think we get bored because we are trying to live distracted from some pain in our lives that we need to confront and process 🙂

Have a fabulous weekend 🙂

the antidote for “I’m bored!”

Sometimes I think that we try to use busy-ness to immunize us from boredom – my friends at Starbucks always seem happier when the line snakes out the door rather than when the store is empty.  They tell me that having a busy day is much better than a boring day.  My problem is that when I use busy-ness to combat boredom, I often find myself in a state of frantic perpetual motion.  Busy-ness can be a good thing with proper balance & direction, but if we use it as an antidote for boredom then we run the risk of living hallow, driven & inconsequential lives.

For me, I have found that the best antidote for being bored is to watch and listen for Jesus in my daily living.  Here’s my thinking:  I believe that Jesus is very much engaged & intertwined within my daily living.  He’s with me when I’m driving, He’s in the meetings I attend, He’s sitting by me as I drink coffee, He’s present in the conversations & interactions I have with others, He’s present when I’m helping the kids with their homework & when I cook dinner, . . . . Jesus is ever with me – but even better, He’s not merely a silent & disinterested spectator.  He is an active participant in my daily living – with His help, I can be increasingly aware of His internal peace in tumultuous situations.  With His help, I can hear Him speak to me through various conversations.  With His help, I can sense Him talking through me to encourage someone.  With His help, I can grow to recognize His presence, voice, direction & hand throughout each day. As in Psalms 86:11, I pray Lord that you would Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”