Summertime was the time when school was out and it was warm and sunny. Those were the days children dreamed of riding bicycle’s, swimming, playing in the woods or maybe a game of baseball. I bet some were like me though and about midway through summer break you find yourself saying, “I’m bored?” Apparently the phrase “I’m bored” is common to the youngster but what about us who are all grown up?
When there is a slowdown in your workday, or day off, do you ever feel bored? I work with a guy in his mid to late 40’s, and I actually heard him say that the other day “I’m bored.” I honestly can’t say I remember the last time I made such a statement. I would go as far as to say if you are a Spirit filled child of God you will never be bored again. When Christ is in you, you are filled with the hope of glory, and there is absolutely nothing boring about that!
Jesus promised the woman at the well if she drank from the water that he would give her she “will never thirst; but the water I will give her will become in her a well of water springing up to eternal life.” If you have Christ you have a never-ending supply of fulfillment. There will never be any need to go looking elsewhere for a sense of contentment. Say goodbye to boredom forever!
What does it mean when someone says, “I’m bored?” I suppose it means they need something more stimulating in their life to keep them entertained. Maybe they want a distraction so they won’t have to think about things they need to think about. If they sit still too long something God is dealing with them about just may come to mind. As long as we have the radio or T.V. on we’re doing fine. We just need some background noise.
When you are young and in need of continuous stimulation it is to be expected, but once you become an adult something must change. I think a mature believer in Christ is one who can sit quietly for long periods of time in contemplation. Throughout the Psalms we read of meditating on the Word. I’m not saying it can’t work another way but my thoughts on meditation involve extended periods of quiet. Of course this isn’t a law or commandment we must follow such as “Thou shalt have at least 20 minutes of quiet time per day.” I am not suggesting everyone join a monastery, but I do believe anyone who gives it a try will be greatly enriched by some time spent in quiet contemplation. Jesus himself made it a point to go away up into the mountains to be alone and pray from time to time. If the only begotten son of God needed some time to be still and quiet we probably do too.
Written by Louie