I’m a big fan of excitement. I love relationships. I love adventure. And I love travel.
So when I became a stay-at-home mom 26 years ago and eventually a homeschool mom, I wasn’t really well-suited to the job.
I loved my kids and we had many fun adventures together when the weather was nice.
But I live in the north, so there are weeks and weeks every winter where the weather isn’t conducive to being outside having fun. Not to mention the little fact that we had to do school each day.
What I’m trying to say is that I was spoiled. And because I grew up in a culture that told me every day that I deserved the “good life,” I had picked up some lies that added to my discontent.
Lies That Make Us Bored
Instead of believing that I should lay my life down out of love for the brethren (in this case, my kids), I was believing that I deserved the “good life.”
Instead of believing that life is about loving God and others, I was believing that life was about having fun.
And instead of relying on God when life wasn’t fun, in those days I relied on quick bursts of excitement from the refrigerator. Which of course wasn’t enough to keep me happy.
What I’m learning as I go through life is that each stage of life has its challenges. Those challenges can either draw us closer to God or further away from God. Make us more like Him or less like Him. And teach us to love others better or teach us to become even more self-absorbed than we already are.
That’s why it’s so important to keep bringing our thoughts captive to the truth on a daily basis. If you struggle with boredom, here are some questions and Bible verses you can use to help you see life from a biblical perspective.
Note: These questions and Bible verses can also be found in The Renewing of the Mind Project.
When Life is Boring
- If real life were like a romantic comedy or an action thriller, what percentage of your life would be exciting?
- What percentage of the average person’s life is exciting?
- Think of all the believers in the Bible. What percentage of their lives was fun and exciting?
- Do you have unrealistic expectations for life? Explain.
- If your main goal in life were to have fun, what would you do with your time right now?
- What do you think God wants you do with your time right now?
- Why do you think He wants you to do that?
- Are you willing to be bored for God and others if that’s what you need to do to love them well?
- Is there anything you need to accept about life?
- What can you thank God for in this situation?
2 Corinthians 12:9a And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
Ephesians 5:15-16 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.
Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 6:7-8 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world not the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
1 John 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
Can you think of any other questions or Bible verses to add?