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.”