You’ve heard it, you’ve perhaps even said it yourself or seen it as a status on social media “Bored!”  “Nothing to do tonight.”  “Anyone wanna hang out?”

Wikipedia defines boredom as “an emotional state experienced during periods lacking activity or when individuals are uninterested in the opportunities surrounding them.” 

Let’s be honest, boredom can sometimes be the result of a general feeling of laziness…“I just don’t feel like doing anything.” Mind you, there are times that doing nothing and reading a book or relaxing is fine, but the greater question to ask is, “why are we so easily bored at times?”

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We are a generation used to being entertained…understatement of the year.    Television, social media, the Internet, just some key vehicles that contribute to the “entertain me” patterns.
At times, when bored we can tend to blame the circumstance or the feeling in the moment –“so and so is sooo boring” – “nobody wants to do anything ever” – “I hate my job, it’s so boring” or “stupid traffic…so boring sitting in the car…ugh!”  etc…..

While people and circumstances do at times contribute, battling boredom is possible by  focusing on the things that matter in life.  You see, our happiness should not depend on external circumstance, the performance of our friends or how well we do in our job or in life in general.  We seem to enjoy riding the wave from one fun experience to the next; but instead of searching for the next thrill, we must learn to be content with ourselves, our circumstances and the people around us.

The Apostle Paul learned this secret as he stated that he learned to be content in every stage of life.   Whether in hungry or having plenty, free or chained in prison, he realized that God could satisfy him more than any one thing or possession.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s fine to have fun and enjoy life, but I am quite certain that Paul’s life was focused on more than just having a happy time, we see instead Paul focused on serving and helping others. He knew he was part of something greater than himself or simply running to satisfy his own desires.

Remember the definition of boredom – being uninterested with the opportunities around us?  What opportunities or people has God placed around us to be a blessing to? If we keep our eyes open, we will find people who we also can serve and be a blessing to.  We are blessed, so we can be a blessing, not just to enjoy and have a good life.

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful or to discover something that is true.  William Ralph Inge

Be a blessing!


Davide Colletta

Davide Colletta

Davide was born and raised in Taranto, Italy. He has a background in pastoral and worship ministry and presently works at IBM.

Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.
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