As I looked through my Saturday timeline @theMelMills, I saw a frantically number of posts and tweets, as usual, saying something to the effect of “I’m bored.” For the record, this is one of my pet peeves and at times, can just irritate my soul 🙂. A mentee actually texted me saying the same thing and stirred me up enough to share my thoughts about this. So here’s one my ISMs:
Boredom is opportunity.
I’m a fixer, a do-er, a go-getter, one who is always thinking about how to make something better, or do something never done before. This kind thinking doesn’t really rest and doesn’t give me an opportunity to be what is commonly perceived as “being bored.” Boredom by definition is just a lack of interest, but today it’s becoming more and more of an unproductive mentality rather than a push to search for “what drives me.” My response to my mentee was that Christians don’t get bored, we always have something to do. There’s always something to be done, someone that needs help, or our time. I’m not judging those that confess to be bored as being less or myself being greater, but we should see the value in the time and moments that we have. Time is an asset, a commodity that the successful understand very well!
Of course he asked, “so you never get bored?” My response was no, not in the sense of being without something to do, but sometimes, yes, as a lack of interest in my entertainment choices. There’s always something for me to apply myself to, but sometimes I just want to have fun, indulge, and try something new rather than the same old things, going to the movies, bowling, etc.
When people say that they are “bored” today, this almost always translates into very unproductive, unaccomplished and wasted time. And I can appreciate the value of some time to let the mind roam. But it’s frustrating to watch personally, when it seems like I never have enough time and yet so many around me are “bored.” Seriously??? How many times have you seen someone tweet about being bored at work? Seriously??? Yes, there are slow days at the job and some are just not fun at all, but be careful if you value your employment. Use the time, find opportunities! I’m not advocating overloading your plate of commitments or falling in love with being “busy”, but your lack of interest (boredom) should drive your creativity, push you to find a better way, brainstorm up something great, spend time with someone who will never forget it, plan ahead (life/career), help someone, bless someone, reflect, help further your organization, evangelize – put your energy and creativity to work!
As you do, don’t forget to rest. We rest in order to work (@DrSeanHolland), in that order. Sometimes our lack of interest in something means it’s time for a break, in whatever that looks like for you. When I worked as a security officer and things slowed down on the shift , I used that time to pray, brainstorm up new strategies and think out business plans. When I worked in a factory heat treating steel, as monotonous as it was loading the parts and pressing the button over and over, I used that time to reflect, pray and plan. Even before I started working, as a teen I used my boredom moments to teach myself design, editing, learn new technology and serve. If you’re an artist, use your boredom to create something new. Or maybe you’re in business, and you can use your boredom moments to plan a step ahead, or brainstorm a better way.
Brief rant here…
Again, not to judge and make people feel bad, but the idea of a bored Christian is a paradox to me. How can that be when Christ’s call to make disciples, to love, to serve, be great, and change the world around you is always in effect? Even in your local church alone, there is always a shortage of helps somewhere, just ask your Pastor. He knows! Serving in ministry for years, I still cannot fathom how you can have a leadership team that complains about being “bored” with their time and yet the Pastor and faithful few are always overwhelmed, overworked and so many things go without because there isn’t enough help? Team Jesus, the grind is real, we’ve got work to do!
… End of rant.
Whether you profess Christ or not, I think most of us can agree on the benefit of being productive members of society. That’s not to say that you are not, simply because you have a “bored” moment, but with so much going on in our community (your circle of influence), there is something that you can apply yourself to in your boredom moments to better yourself and those around you. Who knows, you may just stumble upon something that could that change world!
Pursue your passions in your boredom moments. You have a purpose. And there is always something to do for a purpose-filled person!