Monday, July 16, 2018

Tips for Walking Through Boredom

We all have boring days, setbacks, disappointments and times when the weather gets us down.  It’s part of life.  

Most of us also have days of comfort, joy, sunny days and happiness too.
When we face negative days, or when it seems we’re in a rut for a long time, it’s important not to despair.  

A boring day, an ongoing rut might just be training ground for God's greater purpose for you.

A friend of mine mentioned she's bored. I have also used that word recently. I have developed quite a routine. Routines are important to life as they point us in a direction for the day. But the same routine can become boring.  

My dog is old and frail and thrives on a routine. She knows our routine so well she is like an alarm clock telling me what to do when. But I feel hemmed in by her. 

Sometimes our life is great. I have a good life where I can write to my heart's content most days. I have a lovely yard and pool. I have some new terrific friends. But it's easy to become accustomed to all the good. Even good can become boring after a while.

Tips for Dealing With Boredom  

I found this old post which I'm re-writing for this particular theme. Maybe it will help you and even myself: Every boring day, setback or dark day isn’t forever.  The worst way to spend a boring day is to sit there worrying or complaining. It will be renewed eventually.  

The best way to get through a boring day is to relax and to ask what God might want to teach you. Does he want you to change your focus? Does he want you to plan an outing? Does he want you to make a coffee date with a friend? Does he want you to learn to be content. 

Sometimes boredom is a sign that a soul needs refilling. Tune into God and address your soul. 

God filters everything in your life, and if you’re living his way, you know he will turn your challenges into favor.  By favor I mean, new joy, new goals, new gorgeous views, sunny days, and times when things work out. Just let him work behind the scenes.

When you’re tempted to become discouraged, tap into your God-given ability to trust God. Ask him to renew your hope. Have faith he will come through.  

To beat boredom requires having an open mind. Adopt an attitude that every day offers a fresh start. Give yourself to God and see where he leads you.

To beat boredom might mean you need to acknowledge your wins. Pat yourself on the back for all the tiny things you accomplished today from loading the dishwasher, making a meal, speaking to a friend, getting to an event, finishing a work project or chore. 

I swear there is an epidemic of boredom abounding today. We must resist it and when tempted into it, pray for God to intervene. 

When I've been bored recently, I've muttered a prayer that more or less says, "Lord, I feel something is out of balance in my life. You know what I need. Please provide for the need that is troubling me right now." Fortunately, as the Bible verse below says, God WILL supply the answer for my need.   

When you are bored, pray a similar prayer.

Bible Verses

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
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 4:11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.