The message on the teenager’s shirt at Walmart glared at me. Why did it seem so offensive? I had to think a while then it dawned on me.
Life is a gift. When we’re young, we don’t realize how fleeting it really is. The Bible says we are like grass. We flourish like a flower of the field. Then the wind blows over it, and it is gone. Young or old. We don’t know when our last day will be. We don’t have time to be bored!
Boredom is telling God we don’t appreciate the day He made. He gave us today to enjoy. It’s a glorious opportunity, filled with chances to live for Him and do wondrous things.
Okay, then. Like what?
Maybe you live a mundane life with very little happening. Or you’re so consumed with “doing and going” that you don’t have time to think about or serve God. Maybe you believe you are only one person and can’t make a difference. Or your life is so routine, and nothing ever happens. Or your sphere of influence is limited. Or you don’t have any friends. Or you live in a small town with little opportunity. I could go on.
Don’t believe it. Instead of sitting around being bored, ask God how you can serve, how you can impact your community—rural or metropolitan, ghetto or suburban. You might be surprised what He’ll drop into your life.
Here are some suggestions.
Become the best cookie maker you can and take the sweets to a women’s shelter or orphanage.
Memorize twenty verses from the Bible and say each daily. Look for ways to incorporate those verses in your life.
If a teen, do one thing every day to help your mother or father.
Buy a pack of greeting cards from the dollar store and send out one a day to people who need encouragement.
Go jogging in your neighborhood and pray for people you see or meet along the way.
Form a literary group. Read and discuss a classic such as Pilgrim’s Progress.
God has an infinite number of projects for you. Do something for the glory of His Kingdom instead of sitting around being bored.
Oh yeah, one more thing. Turn off the TV.
You don’t have time to be bored.
“Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11
Dear Lord, never let me waste my life but give me purpose every day. Amen.